On Monday, local police officers and agents with the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Alexander Oregon Gallardo, 18. A day earlier, he took a shot at a Wake County Deputy during a high speed chase through the streets of Raleigh, according to court documents.
Around 8:45 p.m. Sunday, Deputy Unberto Espinoza attempted to pull over a speeding car on New Hope Road, a vehicle driven by Carlos Eduardo Argueta Diaz. However, the driver had other ideas.
Finally, the chase ended at the intersection of Lake Woodard and Terminal Drives, when Diaz crashed. The car turned out to be stolen.
During that chase, a bullet came through the windshield of Deputy Espinoza’s cruiser, barely missing him and hitting instead a radar device mounted just to left of the steering wheel.
That bullet was reportedly fired by Gallardo.
Despite the danger, Deputy Espinoza escaped injury.
Diaz and two juveniles were taken into custody at the scene, but Gallardo escaped, only to be captured the next day.
Gallardo has been charged with attempted murder, possession of a stolen vehicle, assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer, discharging a weapon into a moving vehicle and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is currently being held at the Wake County Detention Center on an ICE detainer.
Gallardo is a member of the notoriously violent 18th Street Gang. At the time of his arrest, he was in violation of his probation, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
In Feb. 2013, Gallardo was convicted of breaking and entering as well as larceny.
During his initial court appearance, Gallardo could clearly be seen flashing gang signs in front of the courtroom. His next court date is Dec. 18.