In the first general membership meeting in more than a year, the Houston Police Officers Union announced the selection of Officer Joe Escamilla as Patrol Officer of the Month.
The date of meeting was April 1. The citation detailed Officer Escamilla’s actions Dec. 6 when he observed a suspect recklessly driving in a white Dodge Challenger at 3301 W Loop S. at a high rate of speed. The Dodge collided with several other vehicles.
Escamilla attempted to detain the suspect when he fled on foot from his vehicle. A foot chase ensued, and the officer ordered the individual to the ground at gunpoint while he waited for backup units.
The suspect was found to be in possession of marijuana, a narcotic liquid and a firearm. Officer Escamilla noted that the suspect was also wanted for seven felony warrants, including an active murder warrant and five misdemeanors.
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office was contacted, and the suspect was arrested for Evading on Foot and Felon in Possession.
Officer Escamilla was later contacted by a member of the HPD/FBI Multi Agency Gang Task Force and informed that the suspect was federally indicted for felon in possession of a firearm 48 hours after the arrest.