APD Arrests Shooting Suspect Who Also Shot at Police Last Weekend

Nov. 29, 2022

APD detectives arrested the suspect who shot a man in the chest last week. The suspect, Johnathan Martinez, also shot at APD auto theft detectives four days later, on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, which led to a lengthy search in a Northeast neighborhood.

Martinez, 39, was not located during the search on Saturday. But he was identified and tracked by detectives today to a residence in the area of Adams St and Candelaria Rd., N.E.

Shooting Investigation – Nov. 23, 2022

Martinez was identified as a suspect in the shooting of man on Nov. 23, 2022, at 7303 Montgomery Blvd., N.E. Officers responded to that shooting just before midnight on Nov. 23, after a male victim was shot in the chest. The victim was critically wounded and transported to the hospital.

Auto Theft and Shooting – Nov. 26, 2022

An Auto Theft detective was conducting surveillance of stolen vehicles in the area of 7303 Montgomery Blvd., N.E., the same apartment complex where the shooting occurred earlier in the week. The detective observed a stolen vehicle being driven by a male subject, later identified as Martinez.

Detectives conducted covert surveillance for about five hours. They eventually deployed a drone. Martinez was seen discharging a firearm into the air, in the direction of the drone. Uniform officers who later responded to the scene located 8 shell casings.

The stolen vehicle was re-located and Martinez was observed in the passenger seat. Officers attempted a traffic stop, and the vehicle fled. However, GPS device was attached to the vehicle. Field officers observed Martinez discharge his firearm again, this time in the direction of officers.

The stolen vehicle was abandoned at 1015 Georgia St., N.E. Martinez and the female driver fled on foot. The female, later identified as Myranda Slayandia, was eventually detained and arrested. Detectives were able to identify Martinez as the suspect who stole the vehicle and who shot at the drone, and fired at police officers.