A man in Texas will head to prison for decades for trying to kill a police officer. The suspect shot at police at an apartment complex after a disturbance.
Recently, a Corpus Christi judge handed Joshua Powell a life term in prison without the possibility of parole for the shooting of Corpus Christi Senior Officer Manuel Dominguez.
Powell pleaded guilty to attempted capital murder of a peace officer.
According to Caller Times, on Aug 4, 2021, officers responded to the 5900 block of Weber Rd after reports of a disturbance at the Caspian Apartment Homes, formerly Marbella Apartment Homes. Upon their arrival on the premises, Powell opened fire on the officers and shot Dominguez multiple times.
However, the defendant fled the scene leading to a manhunt.
Dominguez was rushed to Christus Spohn Shoreline Hospital for treatment, where the 20-year police veteran survived the ordeal. With a $20,000 reward for anyone who could help the Powell, authorities found the defendant hiding in another local apartment complex 24 hours later.
Though Powell was also charged with aggravated assault against a public servant, the charges were later dropped.
The defendant was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.
Later, Dominguez filed a lawsuit against the apartment complex owners, including Powell and the previous owners, through his defense lawyer Rob George from the Liles White Firm. The suit claimed the apartment complex was complacent in encouraging criminal activities over the years, ultimately leading to Dominguez being shot.
The complex attempted to dismiss the case, but was unsuccessful, reported KIII.