Suspect involved in Abilene shooting taken into custody

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Editor’s Note: This article originally stated Covington assaulted Fuentez at Jaguar’s Club, but that is not the case. Fuentez was assaulted by the “known male” she’s accused of slapping at Guitars. This editorial mistake was corrected on January 7, 2018, and we apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused.

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – UPDATED STORY: Abilene Police have arrested Richard Renteria at 1:00 a.m. Saturday morning. 

According to APD, they developed information that Renteria was inside a residence on the 2500 block of South 18th.

A surveillance perimeter was established until the SWAT team arrived. 

Once SWAT was on scene, members attempted to get in contact with Renteria. Police said he broke out of a rear window of the house, jumped into the back year and fired a shot. 

APD said he unknowingly dropped the magazine from his weapon,while exiting the window. This allowed one shot to be fired from his weapon.

As Renteria dropped his handgun and tried to flee, but was arrested after a short foot chase, according to police. The handgun, shell casing and magazine were recovered.

No shots were fired by APD personnel.

Police said Renteria will be charged with aggravated assault stemming from the shooting from Friday morning. Renteria could also face additional charges, including aggravated assault on a peace officer and evading arrest, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Personnel from CID, Special Operations, Patrol and SWAT participated in the investigation.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A suspect and two victims in ICU after a shooting in north Abilene early Friday morning have been identified. 

Anton Covington, 22, was shot was shot in the chest and Marisol Fuentez, 21, was shot in the head the Edge apartments on the 500 block of N. Judge Ely Blvd, according to court documents. Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge says both victims are in critical condition but are expected to survive. 

The documents state police found the victims after they stopped a vehicle seen leaving the shooting that took place around 3:15 a.m.

During the subsequent investigation, the document state a witness was interviewed and said that he had the Richard Renteria, 23, “come over to the apartments for protection before the altercations because he knew he was crazy and carried a gun.”

Renteria is still at large and considered to be armed an dangerous, according to Chief Standridge. 

Chief Stan Standridge says he believes the incident began while the victims and suspect were at Guitars and Cadillacs prior to the shooting when a fight broke out, and Fuentez slapped a known male. 

The group then went to Jaguars in Tye, where Chief Standridge believes a male assaulted the Fuentez, which prompted her family members to gather and go over to the Edge apartments for a confrontation.

Once at the Edge, another fight took place in the parking lot and at some point, Renteria pulled out a gun and fired multiple times, striking both victims, according to Chief Standridge. Everyone fled the scene before police arrived.

Chief Standridge says several parties have been detained in connection to this investigation but no one has been officially charged. 

BigCountryHomepage will provide more information on this shooting as additional details are released. 

Chief Standridge says the same suspects involved in the shooting of an 18-year-old girl at the intersection of Judge Ely Blvd and E Hwy 80 last month, though he doesn’t think the incidents are related. 

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