At least two full city blocks were locked down on Homestead Road in the air and on the ground. The heavy firepower of the Houston Police Department was on clear display. Investigators say an officer stumbled upon two people who appeared suspicious at a Family Dollar store on Homestead on Tuesday afternoon.
The officer believed that the two young males, one of whom may be a minor, were preparing to rob the store.
"I saw two guys running from over, from down here," says 15-year-old Alexandria Celestine, who witnessed the robbery from her grandfather's home nearby. "It was a black guy and it was an Hispanic guy and they ran from up here and they ran over there and they jumped my Pop-Pop fence. They jumped the gate and then the black boy, he dropped his hat and he dropped his gun and then he picked the gun up and he shot at the police officer."
Police say two males have been taken into custody following the shooting of Officer Jason Rhodes in a northeast Houston neighborhood. Officer Rhodes, who suffered a wound to the arm, is listed in stable condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital Texas Medical Center.
The shooting led police on a search for the two males through the Northwood Manor subdivision. Within four hours of the shooting, officers took the adult robbery suspect, identified by a source as 28-year-old Shelton Hearld, into custody. He has an extensive criminal history. The source tells FOX 26 News that Hearld may have been the one who shot Officer Rhodes, a five-year HPD veteran.
"That's where we really chill at, cook at, you know, and stuff like that," says Harold Brown, whose relatives live in the usually-quiet Northwood Manor neighborhood. "My daughters, you know, they could have been over there cause we be out here all the time."