HOUSTON (FOX 26) - A man is wounded when a Houston police officer's weapon accidentally discharges.
It happened before 8:00 p.m. Friday in the 4000-block of Corder at Scott where police were responding to a disturbance call where a suspect was reported to be armed with a pistol in his waistband.
According to Houston police department spokesperson Kese Smith, two officers responded to the scene. The first officer arrived at the location and saw an individual matching the suspect's description.
Kese says that person saw the officer and ran. The officer ran after him. The foot chase went across Corder and into a neighboring apartment complex across the street.
During the chase, Kese says, a number of times, the suspect slowed, turned towards the officer and reached into his waistband.
Officials say the officer gave verbal commands for the suspect to stop and show his hands.
The suspect then ran to a fence, and stopped and turned, reached into his waistband again.
Kese says the officer, in fear of his life, drew his own weapon and again gave the suspect verbal commands.
The suspect then turned and attempted to jump up over fence.
According to Kese, the officer, with his free hand, grabbed the suspect in an attempt to pull him from the fence. The suspect then fell onto the officer and the officer's weapon discharged striking the suspect.
The suspect was sent to the hospital with a non-life-threatening wound.
Kese says the officer had no plans to discharge his weapon and was surprised when it went off.
The officer sustained a knee injury when he slipped and lost his footing during the foot pursuit.
The officer is assigned to the southeast patrol division and has one year with the force.
Officials say the suspect was not found to have a weapon when he was transported, however officers are trying to determine if he had possibly discarded it during the the foot pursuit.
As is customary in HPD officer-involved shooting incidents involving an injury in the city limits, this incident is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions, and the Harris County District Attorney's Office