HOUSTON - An 11-year veteran with the Houston Police Department is in the hospital following a shooting in Kingwood on Monday morning.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said the incident occurred on the 200 block of North Pines Drive around 11:15 a.m.
According to Finner, officers spoke with a woman who said she got into a disturbance with a man over a parking space at an apartment complex.
The woman alleged the man spit in her face, Finner said.
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Finner said officers went to the man’s apartment to talk with him and at some point when they were in the door talking, the man immediately came out and started firing on one officer.
The suspect did fire multiple times striking the officer.
"He was struck at least twice in the arm. I think in the abdomen, and I think the vest protected that," Finner said.
The other officer, who was also on the scene, immediately took the suspect into custody.
Finner said he will be reviewing the body worn camera from the officers, but he didn’t believe the officer fired his weapon.
The suspect was identified as a 26-year-old male. Finner stated that the suspect’s name will not be released until he is officially charged.
Finner asked for everyone to "Pray for our city, our citizens, our leadership, and definitely our men on the front line."
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The investigation will be conducted by Houston Police, but they will be working in conjunction with the Montgomery County District Attorney as well due to the location of the shooting.
The officer’s name was not released on Monday, but police said it could be released by Tuesday.