On August 24th, 2018, the San Angelo Police Department responded to Shannon Medical Center at approximately 3:15 pm for a report of a shooting victim. Information provided at that time was that the victim was a 2 year old child.
Investigation revealed that the shooting was an accident that resulted from another young child gaining access to a gun. No charges will be filed against that child, as per Texas law. The victim was flown to Cook Children’s Medical Center where he is still receiving treatment.
Subsequent investigation resulted in the issuance of an arrest warrant for 26 year old Juan Manuel Mata Jr. for Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence, a Third Degree Felony. Pursuant to that portion of the investigation, the firearm that was involved in the shooting was located.
Mata was arrested on August 25th, 2018 and booked in on the listed charge. This is an ongoing investigation and more charges may be forthcoming.