Deputy Lt. Ronnie Jones of the Bee County Sheriff’s Office said that Roy Trejo, also known as Joe Trejo, had been sought by deputies since about 1:31 a.m. Sunday.
He was arrested on charges of attempted murder and aggravated kidnapping and is expected to be extradited back to Bee County.
Trejo was identified as the suspect in a shooting incident in the 200 block of Treptow Road in the Blueberry Hill residential area west of Beeville.
The first deputies at the scene, Cecil Daniels and Taylor Clevenger, were joined by Sheriff Carlos Carrizales Jr., other deputies, Beeville Police Department officers and Highway Patrol troopers in securing the scene and searching for a suspect.
Trejo had fled the scene and investigators learned that he was thought to have left the state.
The victim, 29-year-old Jason Ross Coffeen, had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was flown to a Corpus Christi hospital on a HALO-Flight helicopter.
The victim underwent surgery and has since been released from the hospital.
According to a statement issued by Jones, the shooting was the result of an argument between Trejo and Coffeen. The shooting reportedly happened outside a residence.
After realizing that the suspect probably was no longer in Texas, BCSO investigators contacted members of the U.S. Marshals Service Gulf Coast Violent Offender and Fugitive Task Force in Corpus Christi. Marshals then contacted their colleagues in Ohio who traced the suspect to a location there.
No bond has been set here because Trejo is still in custody in Ohio, but he is expected to be extradited back to Bee County soon.
Attempted murder is a second degree felony. If convicted, Trejo could be sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $10,000.
Aggravated kidnapping is a first degree felony and a conviction on that charge could result in 99 years to life in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Jones said Carrizales expressed his appreciation to the U.S. Marshals Service. The sheriff also expressed his appreciation to Texas Rangers James Bennett and Randy Aguirre, Highway Patrol troopers and the BPD officers who assisted at the scene.
The sheriff attributed the success of the investigation and apprehension to the hard work and determination of his staff.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.