A Texas man is dead and a police officer is hospitalized after a violent clash near Houston on Saturday July 23, officials say.
It started around 2 a.m. when officers from the Missouri City Police Department spotted a vehicle at a gas station that had been involved in a robbery, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said. during a press briefing. He added that the suspect at the wheel allegedly hijacked someone the day before.
Missouri City is approximately 20 miles southwest of downtown Houston.
When the vehicle pulled out of the gas station, officers followed, Finner said. Shortly after, officers called the Houston police for reinforcements.
Eventually, the suspect stopped the car in a block, got out and ran, according to Finner. Police gave chase and he opened fire, striking Officer Crystal Sepulveda in the face.
“Multiple agencies” surrounded the area and began searching for the suspect, Finner said. Officers found the suspect in the backyard of a home. He began shooting at police, who returned fire, hitting him repeatedly, Finner said.
The suspect was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police did not reveal the identity of the suspect, but said he was between 25 and 30 years old.
Sepulveda, who has served as a Missouri city officer for three years, was hospitalized in stable condition on July 23, officials said.
“Our sister is a fighter and will survive her injuries,” MCPD wrote in a social media post. “We stand with him and his family during this time because we know the road to recovery is long.”