Detective Lt. Richard Cantu said Tuesday that members of the Beeville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division had Sonny Flores in custody within hours of the shooting incident last Thursday.
He was booked on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and bond was set at $25,000.
Bee County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Steve Martin confirmed the arrest and said Flores was released on bond the following Saturday, Dec. 11.
However, both Martin and Cantu reported that BPD detectives re-arrested the man Tuesday on charges of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and deadly conduct, discharging a firearm at individuals.
Cantu said the latest charges were related to the same incident.
No bond had been set on the newer charges as of Tuesday evening.
City detectives learned seconds after the shooting that Flores was the suspect and they went to his home in the 300 block of West Crockett Street on the afternoon of Dec. 9, looking for him.
They found his black Chevrolet Monte Carlo parked in front of the house and the engine was still warm.
Officers had the vehicle impounded and detectives were obtaining a warrant to allow them to search the suspect’s home and vehicle. They expected to find a revolver, possibly a .357-caliber.
At least seven witnesses in the grocery store parking lot said they either saw or heard a confrontation between the suspect and two men standing beside a parked car. The suspect reportedly drove around and returned to the same location where he fired a single shot.
The bullet struck the rear, driver’s side door of the victim’s car and ricocheted off the metal. Officers found a bullet fragment about two feet from the front of the vehicle.
No one was injured in the incident and the shooter fled the scene immediately.
The victims were described as a 28-year-old man and his 64-year-old step father.