Authorities: Brownsville man tried to run over officers

Brownsville police fired two shots at an auto theft suspect Tuesday afternoon, striking the man in his left leg, authorities said.

Police arrested 20-year-old Juan Armando Mendez Jr. on Tuesday after he allegedly tried to drive over police officers investigating an auto theft.

At around 3:25 p.m. Tuesday, auto theft investigators encountered a vehicle allegedly driven by Mendez on the 2100 block of Autumn Sage, according to police.

When officers tried to make contact with Mendez, the 20-year-old allegedly rammed two unmarked police vehicles and tried to run down the officers, police said.