ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Round Rock police confirmed Sunday that they shot and killed a dog while chasing a suspected car thief who was attempting to carjack a family.
Rudy Gonzales, 35, was suspected of stealing a car on Saturday. Round Rock police knew Gonzales was staying at the Homewood Suites at 2201 S. Mays and requested that the hotel staff call them when he returned.
Staff called police at 10:43 a.m. Sunday to let them know Gonzales arrived back at the hotel, and officers responded. According RRPD spokeswoman Angelique Myers, Gonzales tried to lunge the stolen Ford Mustang he was driving at a police cruiser before he drove off.
Myers said Gonzales led officers on a pursuit northbound on the Interstate 35 service road before he went under the McNeil Bridge and continued south on the frontage road. Gonzales continued driving until he crashed into electrical lines in front of the Mister Car Wash near the intersection of S. I-35 and SH-45.
At that time, police say Gonzales exited the Mustang with his pitbull mix on a leash and attempted to steal a black Lexus SUV parked near the car wash exit. A family, including children, were inside the car, Myers said. Gonzales “wrestled” with the driver before he was tased by an officer, Myers said.
Upon being tased, Gonzalez dropped the leash and the dog bit an officer on the hand.
“After he bit the officer on the arm, he continued to lunge at the officer’s throat. The other officer fired shots that ultimately killed the dog,” said Myers.
Round Rock police took Gonzales into custody and charged him with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading arrest, and attempted kidnapping. Police say he had outstanding warrants in other jurisdictions and could face additional charges in connection with Sunday’s incident.