An illegal immigrant accused of shooting at a Lindale police officer earlier this month is now behind bars, after a call from a tipster led authorities to the man's location.

Lindale Police Sgt. Chad McElyea said Jesus Pedro Perez, 22, who has a listed address in Tyler, was taken into custody Wednesday night after police and U.S. Marshals received tips he was at a location in Lindale. 

McElyea said early this month, Perez, who had identified himself as Carlos Bonilla, was involved in a hit and run. He was found and questioned by officers who were working the case.

A few days later, Sgt. Carlos Flores attempted to pull the same man over for speeding. That's when the officer saw muzzle flashes coming from the van, and Flores took to a ditch to keep from being hit by the gunfire.

McElyea said the man, who had told police he was Bonilla, fled from the scene and was able to elude police. 

McElyea said during the investigation into the shooting, police learned the van which had been used was stolen. 

"The vehicle came back to a location where this individual lived and it belonged to his roommates. We ran a search warrant on his room, but we did not find any type of identification. It was only after we ran the video from the earlier hit and run that we had people tell us who he really was. We checked the Smith County Jail and it was in fact the same guy, Jesus Pedro Perez," he said.

The Smith County Judicial website shows Perez is being held on multiple charges including aggravated assault on a public servant, felony evading detention with a vehicle, unauthorized use of a vehicle, false report to a police officer, and fail to identify. He is also being held on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement federal detainer. 

 
 

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