HOUSTON (FOX 26) - The Houston police officer shot in the arm shares how he risked his own life in hopes of protecting others from two attempted robbers. Both men have been charged.
Officer Jason Rhodes convinced HPD to tell his story. He says there’s been so much negative press when it comes to police officers. He wants people to know there are many cops who go above and beyond to keep people safe.
Jason Rhodes is the epitome of leading by example. Already he’s teaching his 2-year-old son Jackson about determination, courage and selflessness.
“I just want the community to know officers do care. I want the community to know we're actually trying to catch these guys to make the community better for everyone to live,” Rhodes said.
Rhodes continues to playback the terrifying moment when he was shot in his arm after chasing down two men attempting to rob a Family Dollar.
“The only thing that kept going through my mind was we gotta catch these guys. They're going to hurt someone if they get away,” he said.
Now 3 days later, Friday, Shelton Herald is charged with aggravated assault of a peace officer and possession of a weapon. Officer Rhodes’ wife is 3 months pregnant and feared she could have been left a single mom.
“Being pregnant and raising 2 and half son by myself,” Yajaira Rhodes wept, “Every time I hear Northeast I text him are you ok.”
Yet, Rhodes who went from being a marine to now serving with HPD for 5 years says he’s anxious to get back to work.
“I guess I believe in the greater good. There's always going to be bad people doing bad things and someone has to catch them,” Rhodes said.
Rhodes says he’s a little stiff but overall feeling pretty good. The bullet is still in his arm because it would be more harmful to remove it.