Juan David Ortiz, 35, amassed "numerous" weapons in his home after a woman escaped his pickup truck and sought help from law enforcement at a gas station, Webb County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Federico Garza said at a news conference Monday afternoon.
"He had numerous, numerous weapons — he was loading up all these weapons thinking that DPS was going to confront him and he was looking at a confrontation. Thank God that didn't happen," Garza said, referring Texas' statewide law enforcement agency, the Department of Public Safety.
Instead, he was spotted at a gas station by state troopers — who were aware of an alert out for him and his car — in the early hours of Sept. 15, Garza said. Ortiz had gone to use the restroom at the gas station, leaving a weapon in the car when he was confronted by the troopers, the deputy said.
Ortiz fled to a nearby hotel and hid under a pickup truck in the parking lot, Garza said.
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"He was going to try to commit suicide by cop, he tried to use his phone to make it look like it was a weapon," Garza said. "It didn’t happen, he was arrested without incident."
Garza later said Ortiz had a "full house of weapons, a lot of weapons" at his home but did not have the exact count.
The district attorney's believes Ortiz posted goodbye messages on what they believe was his Facebook account in the hours after the woman fled his pickup truck.
"To my wife and kids, I love u," read one post, according to an image provided to NBC News. The other reads, "Doc Ortiz checks out. Farewell."
Ortiz was a hospital corpsman in the Navy prior to joining Border Patrol, "Doc" is a common nickname for corpsman.
A public records search on Ortiz showed he testified in a federal case in 2014 that described him as having received specialized training in investigating and intercepting narcotics and human trafficking offenses. He was not a party in the case and the court found his testimony credible.
A Border Patrol official said that Ortiz had no major disciplinary actions against him and may have had "one minor allegation against him" that was being investigated but "certainly nothing to indicate this sort of behavior."