Off-duty officer takes down armed suspect on bus – after suspect attacks security guard and stole her gun

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HOUSTON, TX – According to police, a Houston Police officer took down an armed suspect on August 4th that allegedly attacked a female security guard and stole her firearm.

The confrontation with the now-deceased suspect was said to have happened on a city bus and the officer in question was reportedly off-duty at the time.

Authorities said the encounter occurred at around 2:00 p.m. on August 4th. The victim was attacked outside of a business and the assailant reportedly fled the scene with her handgun after the beating.

Police Chief Art Acevedo stated that the victim flagged down a Houston port police sergeant, who happened to still be in uniform, while he was making his way over to a nearby bus stop after dropping off his personal vehicle for servicing.

The attacked security guard informed the police sergeant of the incident, and a witness to the attack told the officer that they saw the suspect board a transit bus nearby. After learning the aforementioned, the bus in question was reportedly evacuated of all its passengers and the driver – leaving the suspect alone on the bus.

When the police sergeant boarded the bus, he reportedly ordered the suspect to show his hands. Instead of the suspect doing so, the suspect allegedly began reaching for the stolen gun, which caused the officer to shoot the suspect.

While the suspect was killed, there were reportedly no other injuries outside of the attacked security guard earlier, according to police.

Chief Acevedo stated that the officer was not equipped with a radio or body camera at the time of the fatal shooting, but there was a security camera aboard the bus. The footage is expected to be reviewed.

The officer was described as being an 18-year veteran of the Houston Police Department and has been placed on administrative duties while the investigation is worked related to the shooting, as is customary.

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In other investigations, police in Houston are searching for six suspects involved in an armed robbery where a 60-year-old female gas station clerk was pistol-whipped by one of the armed suspects.

The Houston Police Department recently released captured surveillance footage from the incident and are urging the public to help identify these violent criminals.

Police say that the robbery took place on July 23rd at approximately 6:00 a.m., at a convenience store located near Greenspoint Drive and the Sam Houston Tollway. The surveillance footage showcases a young black male entering the store alone, only to purchase a soda.

What police made note of, was that the person purchasing the soda appeared to be casing the convenience store briefly, while also looking outside of the store – almost as if he was looking at someone outside.

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Roughly 30 seconds after the man purchased the soda, five people stormed inside of the convenience store with one of them armed with a gun.

Officials working the case stated that the female clerk was dragged behind the store counter, and one suspect demanded that she open the ATM while he pointed a gun at her head. The victim stated that she did not have access to the ATM, so then the suspects were said to have ordered her to open up the store safe.

Once again, the victim stated that she did not have a means to access the store safe either and that is when the man armed with the gun pistol-whipped her on the head.

During the robbery, the suspects made off with the cash registers, cigarettes, and various other merchandise. Police say that’s when the suspects fled the scene inside of a black 4-door vehicle.

A reward of up to $5,000 is said to be available for information that can lead to the arrest of suspects involved in this case. Information and tips can be also reported anonymously at (713) 222-TIPS or online at www.crimestoppers.org.

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