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GONZALES COUNTY, Texas — A Central Texas man is behind bars, charged with attempted capital murder of a peace officer for allegedly shooting at police officers during a pursuit and subsequent standoff.

Around 1 a.m., on Friday, September 20, 2019, Gonzales County Sheriff's Office deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle for an equipment violation at the 645-mile marker on Interstate 10, according to a press release from the department.

"Before deputies could make contact with the driver, the suspect drove off from the traffic stop," read the statement.

Deputies initiated a pursuit which exited the interstate and on to a county road where the suspect vehicle crashed into a tree.

"During the pursuit, the suspect fired several shots at the deputies’ vehicle," stated the department.

After crashing into the tree, the suspect, identified by police as 40-year-old Jose Manuel Ruiz of Waelder, Texas, fled on foot into a residence on South Avenue A and South 1st Street in the city of Waelder. Deputies say they observed Ruiz exit the vehicle with two handguns and enter the residence at that location.

There, police created a perimeter around the property and residents were evacuated from the vicinity.

"The barricaded suspect fired numerous shots directed inside and outside of the residence during the course of the standoff, and was observed with a weapon in hand in the doorway," stated the department.

A Texas Department of Public Safety SWAT and Special Response Team deployed to the scene.

At approximately 5:30 a.m., Ruiz exited the residence and was taken into custody without further incident; he was charged with attempted capital murder of a peace office, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, and held on an outstanding warrant for evading arrest stemming from an earlier incident. He is being held on bonds totaling $1.04 million.

No injuries were reported during the incident to police officers of civilians.

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