HOUSTON - Authorities say Harris County Pct. 4 constable deputies fatally shot a suspect who fired at them in the parking lot of a Walmart.
The shooting occurred around 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the 21100 block of Kuykendahl Road.
According to Constable Mark Herman, constable deputies responded to a call about possible theft suspects in the store.
The constable says Walmart employees saw a male and a female suspect in the store and recognized them from a flyer put out by security from another Walmart location about people suspected of stealing from that store.
"That’s what alerted them in the first place to these suspects, when they saw them filling baskets up in the store. And at some point last night, their manager approached the male and female, and they just decided to leave the store," Constable Herman says.
When deputies arrived, Constable Herman says the manager pointed them toward the suspects who were in a vehicle in the parking lot.
According to Constable Herman, the constable deputies ordered one of the suspects out of the vehicle, but the suspect had a gun and began to shoot at them.
The constable says the constable deputies returned fire, striking the suspect. The suspect died at the scene.
According to authorities, a male and a female were also in the vehicle and drove away from the scene, but they were later apprehended by the sheriff’s office. They are said to be cooperating with the investigation.
The constable deputies were not injured in the shooting. Constable Herman says they will be placed on a mandatory three days off.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office are both investigating the shooting.