VPD deploys less lethal launcher after man threatens officers with pipe

Monday at 11:17 p.m. a Victoria Police Department officer attempted to stop a vehicle in the 1500 block of N. Laurent St. for driving with no headlights when required.

The vehicle did not stop; instead it fled from police for a short distance before ultimately stopping in the 2100 block of N. Jecker St. At that time, the driver fled on foot and entered a residence nearby.

The driver is identified as 29-year-old Victoria resident Victor Gonzalez.

Gonzalez armed himseld with a pipe, and after a brief standoff and numerous attempts by police to deesculate the situation, a less lethal launcher was deployed; a 40mm less lethal launcher was used on the suspect. It consists of a foamed tip round that uses kinetic energy to incapacitate a subject temporarily.

Gonzalez was then taken into custody without further incident.

Gonzalez was arrested and charged with Evading Arrest with a Vehicle which comes with a $30,000 surety bond, as well as outstanding warrants for Violation of Probation for a DWI which comes with a $1,000 surety bond, and Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance which comes with a $50,000 cash bond.

Gonzalez is currently being held at the Victoria County Jail.

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