– Houston police said a 27-year-old robbery
suspect died Tuesday morning in an officer-involved shooting at a hotel
off the North Freeway.
Two other suspects, including one who was hospitalized, are in custody.
Investigators said the shooting happened around 10:25 a.m. at 16510 North Freeway service road.
Houston police Chief
Art Acevedo said the man -- who has not been identified until next of
kin has been notified -- died at the scene from a gunshot wound to his
upper torso chest area.
No officers were injured, investigators said.
shooting started after a surveillance effort by authorities. Acevedo
said the man who died -- who was suspected in multiple robberies -- was
shot after he raised a pistol at officers.
driver actually came out armed with a pistol, raised the pistol and one
of our northeast CST units, not the tact unit, discharged one round
from the patrol rifle striking the suspect,” the chief said.
said medics arrived at 10:30 a.m. and worked on the man and even gave
him a blood transfusion at the scene, but he died about 11 a.m.
Two other men were also placed in police custody.
of the men, who Acevedo said was armed with a pistol, dropped the
weapon and tried to run. He was then hospitalized due to chest pain,
He said one
of the men who was taken into custody wore a bulletproof vest that had a
hole in it, claiming the hole came from a previous encounter with
Courtnee Hamilton was staying at the motel and witnessed the parking lot shooting from his car.
look back and I see one of the suspects running off left. He was
already gone. I look to the right they started surrounding the car,”
Hamilton said he heard the officers give the suspect verbal commands prior to the sound of an assault rifle.
“Then you heard several shots going off I would say five or six from the AR-15,” he recounted. “Boom. Boom. Boom. Boom. Boom.”
Acevedo said a team found an assault-style rifle in a room at the hotel and shared a photo with reporters.
decried what he called the “coddling of violent criminals in this
country.” He said he’s worried about officers and communities who he
said face violent criminals who “go in one door and out the other.”
The Houston police chief said he hopes to work to pursue federal charges in this case.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office noted that it had previous issues at the address where the shooting happened.
officer who shot the suspect will be placed on administrative leave and
will return to limited duty as soon as possible, Acevedo said.