Murder suspect caught after chase

Murder suspects captured after chase

BALCH SPRINGS -- A murder suspect was arrested after leading police on a chase Wednesday morning.

The chase began in Irving and ended in a creek at Hines Park on Harry Hines Boulevard.

According to Dallas police, undercover officers along with DPS troopers were staking out a suspect in a recent Balch Springs murder when he realized he was being watched and took off in a vehicle with another man.

After reaching Hines Park, police said the two men left their vehicle on the creek embankment and ran across the creek, as well as both sides of I-35, while firing gunshots in the air.

Eventually officers caught up to them and they were arrested. Police spent the next few hours searching the creek where the men abandoned their vehicle. 

Police say one of the men, Joe Gutierrez, is the prime suspect in the Jan. 8 murder of Edgar Avila. He is also charged with assaulting a woman in the same residence where Avila was shot and killed. The second suspect hasn't been identified.

One officer was injured in the situation when a police dog mistook him for a suspect and bit his thigh. Police said the officer was taken to the hospital for stitches.

(© 2017 WFAA)


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