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Serial shooting suspect remains in Midland Detention Center

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Posted: Monday, September 30, 2019 11:58 am

Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis expressed relief that a “serial” shooter was off the streets following several days of fear last week after a man in a white truck shot at least two people and also shot at several others.

The 36-year-old Odessa man is being held on a half a million dollar bond after he reportedly admitted to shooting a man in the head twice who had pulled off the highway with car trouble. Troy Lee Wilson was arrested and charged Friday afternoon with murder, a first-degree felony, and evading arrest with a vehicle, a third-degree felony.

The reported fatal shooting happened at 10:42 p.m. Thursday on Business Interstate 20 between Farm-to-Market Road 1936 and the Interstate 20 overpass, an Ector County Sheriff’s Office affidavit detailed.

Odessa Fire Rescue reportedly responded to the scene where 31-year-old Juan Leonardo Rosalez had been shot and killed with two gunshots to the head. Rosalez’s brother, identified as 36-year-old Eduardo Rosalez, stated they were in a white 1998 Ford F-250 and were traveling east on Business Interstate 20 when the vehicle stalled. They pulled over to the south side of the roadway facing east and waited for assistance.

Eduardo Rosalez stated a tall thin white male with short hair driving a white Ford pickup pulled over, the affidavit stated. He exited his vehicle made contact and then shot Juan Rosalez twice in the head. The man then dragged Juan Rosalez’s body from the middle of the highway to the side of the road. The man entered his vehicle and fled east on Business Interstate 20.

An ammunition cartridge, tire prints and shoe prints were reportedly left at the scene.

After Griffis held a press conference Friday morning about a possible serial shooter in Ector County, law enforcement agencies were searching for a white pickup.

A Midland County Sheriff’s Office deputy was notified at 12:09 p.m. Friday by an Odessa Police Department undercover unit that it was following a white 2015 Ford F-150 that matched the description of a possible murder suspect that was linked to several shootings in Ector County, a MCSO affidavit detailed.

The MCSO deputy reportedly saw the pickup with an obscured rear license plate and a tool box at 12:19 p.m. at mile marker 128 on Interstate Highway 20. A traffic stop was attempted, but the pickup failed to stop.

The MCSO deputy activated his emergency siren on his marked patrol car and saw the driver through the back window of the pickup appeared to look into both the driver and passenger side mirrors and reach with his right arm inside the vehicle for an unknown object, the MCSO affidavit stated.

The pickup reportedly continued east at 55 mph for four miles before it exited at mile marker 131. The vehicle stopped near Interstate Highway South Service Road just west of Texas Loop 250.

During the traffic stop, there were two firearms with similar ammunition from the fatal shooting scene, the ECSO affidavit detailed.

Wilson reportedly consented to a video recorded interview with a Texas Ranger, was read his Miranda rights, stated he understood his rights before the interview started and waived his rights to have an attorney present.

Wilson verbally admitted to shooting and killing Juan Rosalez after he made contact with him to offer him assistance with his stalled vehicle, the ECSO affidavit detailed.

Wilson was being held at the Midland County Detention Center as of Monday afternoon with two bonds totaling $550,000, jail records show.

Griffis held a Monday morning news conference where he released the names of the victims, but not the name of the suspect.

“We are trying to protect the integrity of the investigation,” Griffis said.

Jesus Alvarado, 52, was shot and sought help at the Pilot Truck Stop, while Juan Rosalez was killed at 10:42 p.m. Thursday on Business Interstate 20 between Farm-to-Market Road 1936 and the Interstate 20 overpass.

The possible serial shootings began at 12:45 a.m. Sept. 24 at Eighth Street and Grant Avenue, while the next happened later that morning at 7:36 a.m. at Farm-to-Market Road 866 and Interstate 20.

The third shooting happened at 4:22 p.m. Sept. 24 on Meteor Crater Road and Interstate 20 near the Pilot gas station. Alvarado was shot in the abdomen while he was waiting on the side of the road for a crew truck to arrive. That man was later treated and released from Medical Center Hospital. The fourth shooting was fatal on Thursday night.

The shootings comes almost exactly a month after Seth Ator killed seven people and injured 25 around Odessa during a wild shooting spree on Aug. 31. The spree ended that day at Cinergy Theater when Ator was shot to death by law enforcement.

When Griffis was asked if this was a copycat situation, Griffis said “that I couldn’t speculate.”

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