CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Celvin Montez Houston, 39, walked into court Tuesday morning with a smile on his face. He's charged with attempted first degree murder in the shooting of Chattanooga Police Officer William McMillan.
McMillan testified he was responding to a disorder call in East Lake Courts on March 12 when he noticed a man wearing an orange shirt, dark jacket and a hat leave the scene.
"I got in my vehicle and I followed him," McMillan testifies.
Once on foot, McMillan says he found the man standing behind a screen door on a porch. He had no where else to go.
"As soon as I processed that in my head, he opened the door and started shooting," says McMillan.
McMillan was hit multiple times in the buttocks and groin, he fell to the ground.
"So that's when I started shooting back. I rolled over and the defendant was running off," McMillan says.
However, McMillan admits he never saw his shooters face. The State's witnesses would help fill in that gap. Houston's ex girlfriend, Monique Johnson, testified she received a call from Houston later that day.
"He told me that he had messed up and he had shot a police officer," she says.
Houston's cousin, Alicia Houston, told the judge she picked him up at the McDonald's on Rossville Blvd that day. He had been drinking all day and was shaken up and crying. She says he needed money.
"He told you that he had to get out of town because he busted a cop," prosecutors asked. "Yes," Alicia replied.
Houston was taken into custody at a home on Booth Road the next morning. While the defense attorney was hoping for a lesser charge the judge says the amount of shots fired indicates this was much more than an assault charge.
Houston's charges in the officer shooting and an armed robbery a couple days prior were bound over to a grand jury.
"Celvin is a good person. He's a good person at heart and we were always praying for the officer and his speedy recovery. We wish him and his family the best," says Alicia.