During the early morning hours of November 22, 2017 an officer with the Huntsville Police Department who was completing a traffic stop in the 1700 block of 11th Street heard several shots being fired to the north of his location. He left the traffic stop and began driving the area, notifying other officers of the shots fired via his police radio. The officer observed a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed approaching him at the intersection of Normal Park and Pine Shadows, at which time the vehicle turned onto Pine Shadows and attempted to elude the officer. Believing the vehicle to be involved in the shots fired, the officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle. The suspect vehicle left the roadway and the driver fled into a nearby apartment complex located in the 2500 block of Pine Shadows, leaving a passenger behind in the suspect vehicle.
The officer could see that the fleeing suspect had a pistol in his hand as he fled, leaping over the fence surrounding the complex and heard additional gunshots coming from the area of the fleeing suspect as he detained the passenger of the suspect vehicle. Officers set up a perimeter around the apartment complex to locate the suspect with the weapon. While searching the area, another HPD officer observed the suspect who then fired his weapon several times in the direction of the officer. The officer took immediate cover from the gunfire and lost sight of the suspect. Officers on scene requested assistance from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and their tracking dogs who responded and tracked the suspect to an apartment within the complex. Officers searched the apartment and located the suspect, later identified as Brandon McDaniel. He was not in immediate possession of the gun at the time of his arrest. Brandon McDaniel was arrested on the charges of Attempted Capital Murder and Evading Arrest.
Officers feared the missing weapon posed a danger to the general public. In an attempt to locate and secure the missing weapon, and in furtherance of the investigation, officers questioned Adarryll McDaniel and Tyrion Jenkins. Both McDaniel and Jenkins repeatedly impeded the investigation, causing a delay in locating the missing weapon. As a result, they were both arrested and charged with Interfering with Public Duties. Further investigation ultimately led to the recovery of the gun.
Attempted Capital Murder is a Felony of the 1st Degree and carries a possible sentence of up to life with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) or a term from 5 years to 99 years and a possible fine of up to $10,000. Evading Arrest is a Class A Misdemeanor with a possible jail term of up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4000. Interfering with Public Duties is a Class B Misdemeanor with a possible jail term of up to 180 days and/or a fine of up to $2000.
“I would like to thank our allied agencies for their assistance in this investigation, including the Walker County Sheriff’s Department, the SHSU Police Department, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and the Texas Rangers,” said Chief Kevin Lunsford, City of Huntsville Director of Public Safety. “We take the safety of our officers and citizens very seriously. I am extremely pleased that no one was injured during this incident and the following investigation and arrests.”