Deputy opens fire on armed suspect in NE Harris County
(5/10/07 - KTRK/HOUSTON) (KTRK) -- There was a shootout near a northeast Harris County shopping center. Police say it all started when a driver called 911 saying he was being followed.
All of this started around 11:30pm with a call to dispatchers by an unknown motorist saying they were being followed. The dispatcher told the driver to pull over at a gas station along FM 1960 and Timber Forest. A Harris County deputy was waiting at the gas station. The deputy then pulled over the car that was following the caller who was on the phone with the dispatcher.
During the traffic stop, the passenger in the car that was pulled over got out and tried to hide between some cars parked in the parking lot. Authorities say he started fumbling with something in his pocket, then jumped up and started running.
"As he crossed the center line of the road, he dropped a magazine from a handgun. As they entered the parking lot, the deputy saw a gun in the suspect's hand," said Lt. John Martin with the Harris County Sheriff's Department. "The suspect continued running. The suspect made some kind of move toward the deputy, and the deputy fired several times."
The suspect was shot at least twice. He was taken by helicopter to an area hospital and is listed as stable. The driver of the car that the suspect was inside fled the scene during the shooting.
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