'Citizen's arrest' results in bar parking lot gunfire in Baytown


On Saturday, Baytown police officers responded to a disturbance at the Coyote Bar in the 4200 block of Decker Drive just after closing time. The caller said two large groups of people were in the parking lot and appeared they were about to fight.

When the first officer arrived, some of the crowd dispersed, but one man walked up and fired several shots into the crowd and their vehicles. The officer pulled out her gun, and ordered the man to drop his weapon and get on the ground. Police say he refused to obey the officer's commands.

As other officers arrived on scene, the situation was controlled and Victer Thompson, 27, of Arizona, was arrested without further incident.

Thompson, a concealed handgun license holder, told police he shot at a vehicle with bar patrons because of a fight which occurred earlier. Thompson said he was trying to make a citizen's arrest, and a man who assaulted his friend was in the fleeing vehicle so he had no other choice but to shoot at the vehicle.

Thompson was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Anyone who has information on this crime is asked to call the Baytown Police Department at 281-422-8371. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 281-427-TIPS, submit anonymous tips online at the Baytown Police Department website, or text keyword BAYTOWN plus your tip to 274637. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 cash and you will remain anonymous.

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