HOUSTON – An HPD officer was shot in the leg after being involved in a shootout with an armed suspect in southeast Houston early Saturday, police say.
Officers said it happened at an apartment complex in the 12800 block of Roydon Drive off the Gulf Highway at around 2:11 a.m.
According to Chief Troy Finner, officers were responding to a firearms dump call after a suspect was reported firing from an apartment. Officers on site called for backup.
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When an officer searched for the origin of the shots, Chief Finner said the suspect apparently shot him and kicked him in the leg. He then took off.
The officer was transported to an area hospital where he is expected to survive. Chief Finner said he was shot in both legs, but it was unclear if the bullet hit both legs or if he was shot twice.
Chief Finner said the officer is posted to Clear Lake Division and “is in good spirits.” His identity will not be revealed at this time.
It was unclear what type of weapon the suspect used, but police said they believe it was some type of assault rifle.
The suspect, who remains at large, was described as a 22-year-old man possibly wearing blue jeans.
“A word to the suspect, the best thing you can do is turn yourself in,” Chief Finner said. “We are here in the area and we will stay here until we take you into custody.”
An investigation is underway in the area.
Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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