On Monday afternoon, a driver was taken to the hospital following an officer-involved shooting in Harris County, Texas. According to Captain Jonathan Zitzmann with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constables Office, the incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. when deputies located a stolen vehicle, a white Chevy pickup truck, in the 900 block of Cypress Station.
Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, however, the driver fled from officials. After a short chase, the vehicle returned to the previous location where three suspects inside the vehicle fled on foot.
The deputy involved then began chasing after the driver of the vehicle and there was a brief struggle and an unsuccessful deployment of a Tazer to get the driver into custody. At this point, the driver reached into his waistband for a gun and the deputy fired at least two shots towards the driver, missing on both shots. The driver then fled on foot, was later detained and taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Charges to be filed against the driver include felony evading and felony unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The other two suspects that were sought were not apprehended and said to be person’s of interest.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the incident and are urging anyone with information to contact the office. The deputy involved in the shooting is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
This incident serves as a reminder of the dangerous situations law enforcement officers can face while on duty. It is important to remember to always comply with law enforcement officers and to follow their instructions in order to avoid any dangerous or potentially deadly situations.