PEARLAND, Texas—A suspect was shot in the stomach by police during an attempted bank robbery in Pearland Friday afternoon, according to authorities.
The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. in the 8700 block of W. Broadway near Cullen. Police say the suspect intended to rob Capital Bank.
An off-duty Houston police officer spotted the masked suspect carrying a shotgun in the parking lot and called 9-1-1. Pearland units quickly arrived on the scene. Pearland police headquarters is just a couple blocks away. Also, Pearland officers just happened to be in a training session. Many of them left to respond to the scene.
The suspect refused to drop the shotgun, according to Lt. Onesimo Lopez of the Pearland Police Department, when officers confronted him. Lt. Lopez said he began walking toward his SUV when officers opened fire, striking the armed suspect in the abdomen and thigh.
He was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital with what Lt. Lopez said appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. His current condition is unknown.
No police officers were injured.
Those working in the strip center where the bank is located said they heard the shots and ran to the back of their offices to hide.
"We were scared," said a dentist who works in the center.