Video: Stolen ambulance leads police on high-speed chase through Houston

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HOUSTON, TX – A man stole a Houston Fire Department ambulance following his release from Memorial Hermann Hospital Wednesday night, leading officers on a wild chase that ended 25 miles away in northwest Harris County.

It all started shortly before midnight Wednesday when police saw a suspect looking into cars parked around Memorial Hermann Hospital and tried to approach him.

Police said:

“He slipped away from them and got into an ambulance, shut the door and took off. That’s initially where the chase started.”

Police said the ambulance was left running while paramedics were inside the hospital with a patient.

Officers responding to the dispatch observed the stolen ambulance heading north on the Loop near Beechnut. The suspect led officers on a half-hour chase with speeds reaching 100 mph, police said.

Some of the chase was caught on video and showed the ambulance fleeing officers with sparks flying up from the rims after the tires were deflated by police spike strips.

 

The suspect refused to pull over and got off and onto several freeways as he tried to elude officers, police said.

The suspect eventually slammed into a median on Glen Chase, which disabled the ambulance. Once the suspect was finally stopped, Harris County deputies assisting the Houston Police Department smashed a window and dragged the driver from the vehicle, police said.

Police said the suspect suffered minor injuries during the incident and was evaluated by EMS and turned back over to HPD.

He is currently in custody. Police say the man is facing several charges in connection with the pursuit.

Houston Police Lieutenant R. Wilkens told reporters at the scene:

“Luckily, nobody was injured. This guy was doing high, high rates of speed all throughout the city.”

Lt. Wilkens said tires on some of their patrol cars were also blown out along the way due to spike strips used to try to stop the suspect.

“This could have ended badly for a lot of people, but again we got minor injuries on the suspect, we got the ambulance.

“Yeah, we lost some tires tonight, but you know what kudos to all these HPD and Harris County guys… because no one understands how stressful it is when you’re out doing this kind of stuff.”

There was no word on the identity of the driver or what he was being treated for at the hospital prior to the pursuit.

No other injuries were reported.

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Man opens fire and carjacks ambulance at gunpoint – stealing it with a patient and EMT in back

July 23, 2021

 

HOUSTON, TX – A male suspect reportedly carjacked a Houston Fire Department ambulance at gunpoint during the early morning hours of July 23rd, with officials saying that an EMT and a patient were still inside of the ambulance during the incident.

Authorities say that the carjacking transpired at approximately 3:00 a.m. near the 610 West Loop and Beechnut in the Meyerland area.

Houston Fire Department Chief Samuel Peña said that an EMT was driving the ambulance with a patient and another EMT in the back. As the EMT was driving, an armed assailant, identified by authorities as 43-year-old Brandon Warren, began firing shots and forced the vehicle to stop.

Officials say that Warren pointed a gun at the EMT who was driving the ambulance and forced the EMT out of the vehicle, leaving the EMT on the side of the road.

This all occurred while the patient and other EMT were still in the back of the ambulance, which the EMT in the rear could tell something was off since the vehicle suddenly changed directions.

When the EMT peered through the window that leads to the cab, she saw the suspect driving the ambulance.

At this time, officials say that Warren then pointed the gun at the EMT in the back of the ambulance.

Warren allegedly began using the radio in the ambulance, telling dispatch “I’m the guy driving the ambulance.”

Utilizing GPS to track the vehicle, police had responded along the Southwest Freeway and Weslayan and was able to bring Warren into custody without further incident. Both the EMT and the patient were unharmed during the carjacking.

HPD Chief Peña said that in modern times, while it shouldn’t be the case, incidents like these have “become a risk of the job”:

“This is not part of their jobs – to be kidnapped, to be assaulted at gunpoint, but it definitely has become a risk of the job. We’re very thankful that everybody is okay, but it’s not acceptable for our firefighters and EMTs to be assaulted when their job is to go out there and make a positive impact.”

Chief Peña added that while he’s grateful that no one was harmed, “brazen” attacks such as these command a response that showcases these sorts of crimes “will not be tolerated”:

“Above all else, I am thankful that our firefighters and the patient involved in this incident are safe and unharmed. The brazen nature of this attack on our firefighters is deeply concerning, and an overarching message should be clear that attacks on our first responders will not be tolerated.”

Investigators have yet to determine what the motive was behind the carjacking of the ambulance.

Warren has since been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and felony evading arrest.

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Back in June, we at Law Enforcement Today reported on officials in Houston releasing multiple bodycam videos related to a deadly officer-involved shooting that occurred back in May. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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HOUSTON, TX – Houston police have released multiple body camera videos of a deadly officer-involved shooting that occurred on May 21 in the city.

At about 1:30 a.m., an officer observed two vehicles speeding and heading south on Gessner Road. The officer followed the vehicles, getting behind a green pickup truck. Officers initiated at traffic stop with the truck along Bissonnet Street.

The officers made contacted with the man and woman inside the truck. The occupants stated that they were speeding to escape the scene of a shooting, where they said a vehicle was firing on another vehicle.

As the officers spoke with the occupants of the truck, a black male walked toward the position from a Shell gas station across the street. The male was later identified as 20-year-old Zaekwon Gullate.

One of the officers, Sgt. Ricardo Rivera walked toward Gullate asking if he needed anything and if he knew the occupants of the truck.

Video from Sgt. Rivera’s body camera show the man continue to walk toward him with his hands in his pockets. Gullate tells the officer, “Shoot me.”

The Sergeant drew his firearm and commanded that Gullate show his hands twice. The officer then asks what is in his hand. Gullate drew a firearm and Gullate ordered him, “Bro, put the gun down.”

Other officers on the scene then turn their attention to Gullate and also begin telling him to drop his gun.

Gullate pointed the gun at officers and fired at them. Rivera and three other officers returned fire striking Gullate.

After Gullate drops to the ground, Sgt. Rivera immediately asks if the occupants of the truck were alright, which they apparently were.

Officers began checking each other to determine if they were hit by Gullate’s shot while Sgt. Rivera maintained cover on the suspect. The sergeant also called for EMS over the radio.

Officers cautiously approached Gullate and secured the firearm. They then began providing medical aid until EMS arrived. Gullate was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The body camera video also included the view from other officers, identified as Officer McLemore, Officer Smajstrila, and Officer Alfaro.

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said the videos were released within 30 days of the shooting following recommendations from a city task force tasked with making reforms following the death of George Floyd in May 2020.

During a news conference held to announce the release of the video, Chief Finner said:

“When there is an officer-involved shooting it’s so tragic for everybody involved, regardless of what happened, so look at it objectively and make sure we have healing in our community and make sure people come to the truth and because different people carry different narratives, that causes problems, that’s what frustrates me.”

“But every person has the right to think what they want to, but we’re going to do the right thing in Houston upon the mayor’s leadership, releasing this and we’ve been saying this and today, it’s here.”

 

 

 

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