HCCO: Suspect arrested in Katy car wash shooting claims ‘self-defense,’ admits to previously firing at 5 other vehicles

KATY, Texas — The suspect arrested after a driver was shot outside a car wash in Katy claims he was acting in self-defense and has previously fired his weapon in at least five similar situation, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Nicholas Dagostino, 29, is charged with aggravated assault using a deadly weapon.

Nicholas Dagostino, 29, is charged with aggravated assault using a deadly weapon.

"Nicolas stated he had shot the complainant due to, quote on quote, 'swerving into his lane twice' and that he believed it was self-defense," Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said during a press conference Friday.

Detectives said the victim— a 39-year-old woman — was driving pass the $7 Wash-and-Go car wash on S. Mason Road near Kingsland Boulevard on July 10. She was shot in the arm through her driver's side window before driving into the car wash.

The victim was taken to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital with the bullet still lodge in her arm but in stable condition, Gonzalez said. At the time, the victim told investigators she was not involved in a road rage incident before the shooting.

HCSO detectives continued to search for the suspect's dark green 1996 Ford Explorer for nearly two weeks. Dagostino was finally taken into custody Thursday without incident in the 22000 block of Grand Forks Drive in west Harris County.

Gonzalez said additional charges are being considered against the suspect.

"I just wanted to high light the phenomenal work, once again, of our Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies," the sheriff's said.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have had a similar encounter with Dagostino to please come forward.

"We need to now about it because we want to make sure he doesn't harm anyone," Gonzalez said. "With this latest victim, just a few more inches and it could have been a fatal wound," Gonzalez said.