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Driver still at large, “armed and dangerous”
A San Antonio man has been remanded into custody in La Salle County on first-degree felony charges related to a high-speed pursuit that ended near Pearsall on Sunday, October 18, and during which several shots were fired at law enforcement officers.
A second suspect in the case, who was reportedly at the wheel of the vehicle fleeing officers, remains at large and may be in possession of a firearm, according to sheriff’s officers.
The case originated in a rural area of Dimmit County and involved officers from several agencies in pursuit of a stolen Honda Pilot sport utility vehicle whose driver had accelerated away from a traffic stop to avoid identification and capture.
Agencies involved in the pursuit included the US Border Patrol, the Dimmit, La Salle and Frio county sheriffs’ offices, and the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol as well as police in towns through which the chase continued until it reached the outskirts of Pearsall.
Officers have confirmed that shots were fired from the fugitives’ vehicle during the pursuit and that bullets struck law enforcement patrol vehicles of the Dimmit and La Salle county sheriffs’ offices.
Officers caught up with the fugitives near McKinley Field, the airport serving Frio
County, late Sunday, and arrested the vehicle passenger. The suspected driver reportedly evaded capture and fled on foot.
The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed this week that 29-year-old Kevin Emmanuel Kraemer of San Antonio is believed to have been the vehicle driver.
“Kraemer is still at large and should be considered armed and dangerous,” La Salle Sheriff’s Investigator Homar Olivarez said of the ongoing investigation. “He fled the scene at the end of the pursuit, and a firearm has not been recovered.”
Identified as the alleged gunman in the stolen vehicle, Oscar Alexander Salas was transported to the La Salle County Jail early Monday, Oct. 19, on three charges of attempted capital murder of a peace officer for his role in the pursuit. He is accused of having fired shots at officers’ vehicles while the pursuit was underway through La Salle County.
Salas remains in jail in lieu of bond this week. The case is being investigated by the Texas Rangers.