HOUSTON – Cups in a driveway cover the shell casings from an exchange of gunfire that could have had a vastly different outcome on Sunday afternoon.
The story actually begins a short distance to the south at an apartment complex on the Gulf Freeway. Police said a man had just returned home from church when the unexpected happened.
“An unknown male with a gun puts the gun to his head and forced him into the apartment, tied him up and then put him into a closet,” said HPD Spokesperson John Cannon.
According to the victim, who didn’t wish to be interviewed, the suspect was joined by an accomplice, and together they ransacked the apartment before demanding the keys to his red Dodge Charger.
After they left, he flagged down an officer. The car was later spotted on the South Loop and a brief chase ensued.
“The suspect refuses to stop and goes at a high rate of speed to the Woodridge exit,” said Cannon. “He takes that exit and ends up striking a Chevy Tahoe driven by a woman. Thankfully, the woman wasn’t seriously injured.”
Police said the suspect then fled on foot, and fired a shot at an officer from a backyard. The officer returned fire, but no one was wounded. A police K-9 later found the suspect hiding in the backyard of a home under a tarp.
“The dog starts pulling up on the tarp, and sees the suspect’s hands and feet. He was found with the gun and the victim’s cell phone,” said Cannon.
He now could be facing a number of charges.
“Aggravated assault, attempted capital murder of a police officer for firing at the officer, felony evading in a motor vehicle, aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon for putting the gun to the head of the victim. There are a number of charges that are going to be considered against this guy,” said Cannon, “and we’re just glad he’s off the streets.”
Police say it’s unclear whether the second suspect was in the stolen car when it crashed. He remains on the loose.