Suspect out on bond accidentally shoots self during robbery attempt on Katy Freeway, police say

Suspect was out on bonds for assault on peace officer, evading arrest

Carlos Marquez, 29, was charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. (Hedwig Police Department)

HOUSTON – An armed man was shot by his own gun while attempting to rob a driver on the Katy Freeway Wednesday, police said.

Initial reports from Hedwig Village police stated that two drivers were involved in a minor traffic accident in the 8800 block of I-10. They said one driver pulled out a gun on another driver and ended up getting shot by his own gun.

As of Thursday, police clarified that the armed man, identified as Carlos Marquez, 29, was actually trying to rob the other driver, according to witnesses.

Marquez allegedly fired two shots at the victim and, when the victim fought back, the suspect fired a third shot, which caused injury to his own head. Several witnesses wrestled with Marquez until officers arrived at the scene.

Marquez was taken to Ben Taub Hospital in stable condition.

Investigators said the handgun Marquez had in his possession was stolen out of Houston. He has since been charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

It was also discovered that Marquez was out on bond from Donley County, Texas for aggravated assault on a peace officer and evading arrest.

Anyone with further information about this suspect is asked to call Hedwig Village Police Department at 713-461-4797.


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