Suspected gunman in DPS trooper shooting indicted

Law enforcement officers investigate the scene on Mon Mack Road where a suspect was apprehended in the shooting of DPS Trooper Moises Sanchez, who was shot as he responded to an accident on the corner of 10th Street and Freddy Gonzalez Drive on Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Edinburg. (Joel Martinez | jmartinez@themonitor.com)

A Hidalgo County grand jury on Tuesday formally indicted an Edinburg man suspected in the shooting of a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper during a traffic accident, according to Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez.

Victor Alejandro Godinez

Rodriguez said a grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday on Victor Alejandro Godinez, 24, on three counts of attempted capital murder of a peace officer, in connection with the April 6 shooting of state trooper Moises Sanchez.

Godinez allegedly shot Sanchez after the trooper responded to a car crash on North 10th Street and Freddy Gonzalez Drive in McAllen. Godinez, who is believed to be the driver of one of the vehicles in the crash, fled the scene on foot for an unknown reason and allegedly opened fire on Sanchez after the trooper caught up to him in the 1500 block of South Maltese Street in Edinburg.

Godinez then allegedly opened fire on two Edinburg police officers before they apprehended him east of Mon Mack Road and State Highway 107. Neither of those officers were injured and police recovered a .357 revolver believed to have been used in either or both shootings.

Godinez was also shot at some point during the evening, but authorities said it was unclear whether he was shot by the trooper or police.

Sanchez, 48, who was shot twice, once in the shoulder and once in the head, continues to recover from the shooting now more than two months later.

Sanchez was recently transferred to a Houston-area hospital for further treatment and to begin the rehabilitation process.

Godinez remains in Hidalgo County jail on a $3 million bond, jail records show.

If convicted of any of the first degree felonies, Godinez could be sentenced to life in prison.

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