HOUSTON, Texas (FOX 26) - Houston police investigate a scene where an officer shot and killed a man after a short pursuit.
At about 1:30 Monday afternoon constables from Montgomery County precinct 4 ran the plates for a motorcycle, when the plates came back to be false, a chase began. The deputy lost sight of the driver, but two minutes later another deputy was able to catch up with the driver.
The suspect was going east on Kingwood Dr. and had an accident just before hitting the Chestnut Ridge Rd. intersection, in Harris County.
Houston police investigating say the suspect ran towards a gas station parking lot and tried to steal a car from someone trying to leave the car wash. We are told a struggle took place between the driver of that car and the suspect, but that the deputy was able to catch up with the suspect and use his taser. The taser had no affect on the suspect. The suspect then reached into his backpack to pull out a gun and then the officer shot the suspect several times.
He died at the scene. Officers say many people were outside at the time.
"We are just grateful and happy that no one else got hurt because there were a lot of citizens standing around when this took place, a lot of other people could have been hurt, especially when this man went for a weapon, there were numerous citizens that were in very close proximity and so we are happy that the officer is okay and that the citizens are also good at this time", says assistant chief W.R. Dobbins with the Houston Police Department.