Suspect in shooting surrenders to law enforcement in Gonzales


Travis West surrendered himself to law enforcement at the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday morning, following a Friday shooting which left one victim who remains hospitalized in serious condition at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.  

When Patrolman Eric Long responded to a traffic accident at 5:28 a.m. at the intersection of Saint Joseph and Highway 90 Alternate on Friday, July 24, he found that one of the drivers involved had gunshot wounds. The driver told Long that the person who had shot him was Travis West.

According to a release from the Gonzales County Police Department, area law enforcement officers from Gonzales PD, the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Public Safety began investigating West’s involvement in the shooting, coordinating with the Texas Rangers as well. This investigation, led by Gonzales Police Department Gayle Autry, produced the weapon used in the shooting as well as witnesses who identified West. Lieutenant Jason Hinds and Investigator Jason Montoya developed probable cause and obtained an arrest warrant for Travis West, issued by District Judge Bill Old.

Captain Autry was able to develop information which indicated that West had left for Harris County, and U.S. Marshalls were also notified and assisted in the search for West.