HOUSTON -- The Houston Police Department said a burglary suspect was shot overnight after striking one of its officers with a stolen van.
The suspect was sent to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg. The officer hit by the van was knocked down but not seriously injured.
Police said it was around 11:15 p.m. Saturday when an officer responded to a burglary call on W. Greens at Northborough at a business that had just been burglarized the night before. On arrival, the officer caught a male suspect in the act of stealing a van.
The suspect allegedly jumped in the van and attempted to run over the officer, who had gotten out of his patrol car. The officer said he opened fire on the suspect, who continued to speed through the parking lot and smash through a metal fence. The van then hit a concrete wall of a neighboring business.
Two other HPD officers arrived on the scene and opened fire when the suspect put the van in reverse and again tried to hit them.
It all came to an end when the van hit a utility pole, knocking out a couple of transformers.
The suspect was pulled from the van and sent to the hospital before being taken into custody. He was later identified as Carlist Ray Brinkley, Jr.
The officer who was hit by the van was sent to the hospital with a couple of bumps and bruises.