Off-duty officer opens fire during bank robbery

- Harris County Sheriff’s deputies have caught one out of the three robbers who held up a bank in Northwest Harris County. Now, they’re asking for the public’s help in finding the other two suspects.

In the middle of the afternoon on Thursday, an off-duty plain-clothed Houston police officer went to a Chase Bank at 249 and Cypresswood Drive to get some personal business done.

But right behind him were three armed men.

“Three black male subjects wearing long-sleeved hoodies and armed entered the bank behind him. They ordered everyone on the floor and proceeded to rob the bank. At the end of robbing the bank, exiting with the money the off-duty HPD officer identified himself as a Houston police officer and ordered them to drop their weapons,” said Thomas Gilliland, the HCSO spokesman.

Police say that is one of the suspects raised his gun at the officer outside and that's when the officer took his shot, and he believes he injured the suspect.

Gunfire erupted, and afterward, the suspects split up and ran across the street and over the freeway, which is where police were able to pin down one of the suspects and arrest him.

There were four customers and at least four bank employees inside at the time. None of the bystanders were hurt.

Police said they're proud of the off-duty officer's actions.

“I think it shows the citizens just how volatile this job can be, off-duty and on-duty. Again, it's a situation that you have no control over that you're put into, and you have to react. You have a duty to act, and I think this officer did a fine job,” said Gilliland.

Police said the amount that the robbers took is still unknown and that they’re waiting for the bank to determine what was taken.

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