HOUSTON, Tx. – A Houston carjacking and crime spree on Thursday night left one suspect dead, two others in custody and one officer fighting for his life from multiple gunshot wounds, Click 2 Houston reported.
The Houston network reported about the chaotic series of events that left police scrambling to apprehend a number of suspects who had allegedly set off on a crime spree on Houston’s southeast side.
Sources say that the action kicked off just before 10 p.m. when a man putting gas into his SUV was approached by a group of four individuals with guns. The man told police that the suspects took the vehicle and ran from the area, quickly running out of gas in the 6200 block of Tierwester Street, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said.
The suspects then allegedly ditched the car and fled the scene on foot. Their night wasn’t over there. Acevedo said that the suspects then allegedly accosted a priest and stole his phone. One of the suspects then produced a gun and pointed it at the priest and pulled the trigger twice. Amazingly, no rounds were discharged from the firearm.
Just before 10:30 p.m., officers spotted the group at a nearby shopping center and were able to take one of the men into custody.
We have one of our officers who has been shot on the 3900 block of Tristan at Scott. He has been transported to @memorialhermann by @HoustonFire. Please pray for our officer. We also have one suspect down, others in custody and are looking for more. Please stay in hour homes.
— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) September 13, 2019
At approximately the same time, Acevedo says that another suspect was seen near the intersection of Triston and Scott. When officers arrived to make contact with him, the suspect opened fire.
One of the Houston officers was hit three times by gunfire. Acevedo said that the 29-year-old cop was hit twice in the upper body area and once in the groin area.
Officers returned fire in the ‘chaotic scene’, striking and killing the gunman. Acevedo reported that he was not sure at that time whether one or both of the officers at the scene had fired at the suspect.
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Authorities were able to get one additional suspect into custody, but are still looking for a fourth person that may have been involved in the series of criminal acts.
The Houston officer who was shot was immediately given aid by fellow units in the area, and was then rushed to the hospital where he underwent emergency surgery for the gunshot injuries.
Sources say that the officer was struck near a major artery and doctors were very concerned about the amount of potential blood loss. He has since finished the operations and is said to be in stable condition.
Acevedo praised his officers for their life-saving efforts at the scene.
“Our officers on scene, doctors have told us that they did a phenomenal job of starting to treat (the wounded officer),” Acevedo said. “We hope that that’s going to be part of the difference here in this situation.”
JUST IN: A CHAOTIC & SCARY night for @houstonpolice after an officer was shot 3x in the chest during a violent crime spree in SE #Houston.
This is surveillance video showing moments leading up to that shootout!
The 29 y/o officer is out of surgery, in ICU. #khou11 #htownrush pic.twitter.com/iESOEdIxLc
— Michelle Choi (@MichelleKHOU) September 13, 2019
The police chief said that while healing prayers were needed for the wounded officer, it looked like he would make a full recovery.
Acevedo says that the unnamed officer has been with the department for five years. The officer’s father is also a 42-year veteran of the Houston department, he said.
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“Thank you for all the continued prayers for our officer. While the investigations continues, we are hopeful as to our officer’s condition,” Acevedo tweeted.
Houston authorities are planning to release more information to the public on Friday.