A dramatic series of events that started with a kidnapping in Houston and ended with a police pursuit in League City left two men shot and three men charged with evading arrest on Sunday morning, police said.
Jazon Elizondo, 19, has been charged with evading arrest and detention in a vehicle, and Atzahel Salas, 19, has been charged with evading arrest and detention on foot, after a police pursuit in League City after a shooting in Texas City, League City department spokesman Kelly Williamson said.
A 17-year-old also has been charged with evading arrest and detention on foot, Williamson said.
At 12:42 a.m., Texas City police were called to a house in the 3000 block of Somerset Avenue to a report of a shooting, department spokesman Cpl. Allen Bjerke said.
Three men, who were not immediately identified, had apparently kidnapped a fourth man in Houston and forced him to drive to the house in Texas City in his 2012 Acura, Bjerke said. The kidnapped man was a friend of the resident of the house in Texas City and the three kidnappers were planning to rob the resident, Bjerke said.
When they arrived in Texas City, the man in the house opened fire, Bjerke said.
During the altercation, the kidnapped man was shot in the leg, Bjerke said. He fled and officers later found him on Rust Avenue, a block south of the shooting, and the man was transported to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, Bjerke said. His injuries were not life-threatening, Bjerke said.
The three other men fled north from Texas City and were intercepted by League City police, Bjerke said.
League City police located a vehicle suspected in the Texas City shooting about 1 a.m. Sunday, Williamson said.
The driver of the vehicle refused to stop and police pursued the car, Williamson said.
After wrecking, sustaining some damage and continuing to drive for some time, the vehicle stopped in the northbound lanes of Interstate 45 near Webster, Williamson said.
At least one of the three occupants got out of the vehicle with a weapon and a League City officer fired several times through his windshield, Williamson said.
The three men fled east into the field near a construction site, he said. All three men were captured and one had been shot in his buttocks, Williamson said.
As of 12:30 p.m. Sunday, police weren’t sure whether the man had been shot during the incident in Texas City or during the encounter with League City officers, Williamson said.
Police reported finding a handgun and AR-15 style rifle in the vehicle, Williamson said.
All three men were detained by League City police, Bjerke said.
No charges are being filed in Texas City, Bjerke said.
Both Harris County and Texas City police investigators are looking into the incident, Williamson said.
Elizondo’s bond was set at $25,000 and Salas’ bond was set at $2,500, Williamson said.