Escapee Dies In Shootout After High-Speed Chase: No Stranger To Police
By J. Noel Espinoza/Rio Grande Info
In a press conference Friday morning, Brownsville Police identified as Michael Diaz Garcia, the inmate
who killed a man while escaping and leading authorities on a high-speed chase Thursday afternoon along
Expressway 77 northbound.
Authorities said Garcia, also known as Miguel and who died after a shootout with police, wasn’t a stranger to law enforcement.
Brownsville Police officials said Garcia was arrested early this year for burglary of a home.
Garcia, 38, escaped custody from a jailer during a medical transport. He had prior arrests for assault, terrorists’ threats, and motor
After escaping, Garcia ran into a Brownsville home, fatally shot a homeowner, and stole a getaway vehicle.
The escapee, 38, led authorities on a high-speed chase that included dozens of vehicles of law
Cameron County Sheriff’s officials identified the jailer as Jose Tella, who was stabbed in the neck during
Garcia’s escape. Officials said Tella is in stable condition.
The high-speed chase kept motorists bewildered on the northbound expressway Thursday around 1:30 p.m. near the San
Benito and Harlingen area.
Officials said both Brownsville Police and the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department will continue their
own investigations regarding this incident.