On Sunday, April 9th 2017 at approximately 10:15pm a witness observed several subjects who appeared
to be breaking into vehicles in the north parking lot of the San Luis Hotel & Resort on Seawall Blvd.
Philip Molis, a hotel employee responded to investigate and subsequently observed three black males
near a vehicle and attempted to make contact with them. Upon contact, the suspects immediately fired
multiple shots at Molis, striking him several times.
Lt Thomas Bushek of the Randall County Sheriff’s
Office was attending a conference at the San Luis, and happened to be outside of the hotel when he
heard the shots. Lt Bushek responded, found Molis bleeding from several gunshot wounds and began
Officer Pike from the Bayou Vista Police Department was the second person on scene, and
began requesting units and rescue via his radio. Galveston Police Officers arrived less than a minute
later and began assisting with Molis’ treatment until Galveston EMS made the scene and immediately
transported him to UTMB where he was rushed into surgery.
Officers with the Galveston Police Department and surrounding agencies begin searching for suspects,
ultimately finding one suspect and several key pieces of evidence, including a cell phone, and the gun
used in the shooting.
Six days later, on April 15th, Philip Molis died, succumbing to his injuries sustained the night of the
As the investigation continued to unfold, several pieces of evidence led detectives to the identification
of the shooter including witness statements corroborated by surveillance video that put a subject
named Brandon Ledford at and near the scene at the time of the shooting. Photos retrieved from a cell
phone also showed Ledford holding the gun used in the shooting prior to the night of the murder.
lastly, DNA evidence, retrieved from the inside of a latex glove found adjacent to the murder weapon,
matched Ledford’s DNA. All of this evidence along with many other pieces of the puzzle allowed
investigators along with assistance from the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office to issues a
warrant for Murder with a $1,000,000 bond for Brandon Ledford. Ledford had previously been arrested
on an unrelated charge and was being held at the Fort Bend County Jail, where the warrant was served.
We cannot speak highly enough of the team of detectives and officers that worked tirelessly over the six
months to assure that the shooter in this case was brought to justice. Collaborations with our
community partners also played a large role in our success with this case and the Galveston Police
Department would like to thank all of those involved for their assistance.