HONDO, Texas – Authorities said a border patrol agent was in custody at a Hondo hospital Thursday evening after his wife’s lover was shot to death and police were led on a high-speed chase.
33-year-old Corpus Christi resident, Adam S. Garibay, is accused of killing Keith J. Martin, 35, at about 9:30 a.m. at the Martin residence, located on a private road 3 miles north of Hondo, according to Medina County Sheriff Randy Brown.
Authorities said Garibay’s wife was tied up and handcuffed in Corpus Christi before the agent embarked for Martin’s residence.
Brown said details of the shooting remained sparse, but a preliminary investigation indicated that Martin might have been lured out of the house with a phone call.
Brown said Corpus Christi police alerted authorities in Medina County at 9:32 a.m. that Garibay might be en route to the Martin residence. Two minutes later, authorities received a 911 call reporting the shooting, he said.
Brown said Hondo police initiated a traffic stop with Garibay upon spotting his wife’s car after the 911 call, but the vehicle fled west on U.S. 90 at speeds of up to 120 mph.
Brown said deputies picked up the chase in D’Hanis, and the pursuit led deputies into Uvalde County, where they managed to force the car off the road in downtown Sabinal just before 10 a.m.
The suspect was shot with a Taser after the crash and was taken to Medina Regional Medical Center — in part due to concerns that he might have ingested prescription pills, Brown said.
Garibay was arrested for an assault-obstructing an airway warrant out of Corpus Christi and charged with felony evading arrest, said Brown, who predicted a charge of murder would be forthcoming.
Neighbors found Garibay’s wife “pretty severely beat up” and “tied up with duct tape around her face, her legs, the tape behind her arms, waist, everywhere,” KIII news in Corpus Christi reported.
Border Patrol officials declined to comment Thursday evening, referring questions about the incidents to local law enforcement.