Manhunt suspect, Victor Apodaca in custody

Manhunt suspect, Victor Apodaca in custody
Victor Apodaca
Victor Apodaca

Amarillo, TX - Just before 2:30 p.m., Amarillo Police along with their SWAT team, DPS, and Texas Rangers responded to a home where they suspected a wanted suspect had barricaded himself.

That suspect ended up being 25-year-old Victor Apodaca of Clovis, accused of injuring 3 DPS Troopers Sunday afternoon.

Several law enforcement agencies were called to the 2700 block of South Roosevelt.

"When we tried to make contact with Apodaca, he would not come out peacefully. There were some concerns that there was people in the house with him," said Sergeant Brent Barbee with the Amarillo Police Department.

Barbee says there was one woman inside the home with Apodaca. No shots were fired, but chemical irritants were used to force Apodaca out.

"The female was referred to at some point as a hostage. She came out of the home first, and then he came out shortly after that. APD SWAT was there to take them into custody," said Barbee.

When Apodaca stepped out of the house, officials say they saw the grip of what appeared to be a handgun in his waistband. The gun in his waistband ended up being a toy gun. Apodaca sustained a cut and swelling over his right eye and other minor injuries while resisting arrest.

Police did not give any other information about the woman Apodaca was with. She was tuned over to the Texas Rangers. She was not booked into jail and her involvement in this incident is still under investigation.

Monday's standoff was part of an intense manhunt for Apodaca. He is accused of injuring three DPS Troopers during a routine traffic stop on I-40 in Conway Sunday afternoon. Over a dozen law enforcement agencies started looking for him in Claude.

Along with the assault charges on the Troopers, he is also facing Evading Arrest from the standoff, and multiple charges out in Clovis.