Parolee leads police on wild chase, gets in shootout with police while teen in vehicle

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by Malini Basu/ KHOU 11 News

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Posted on January 4, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 3:17 PM

HOUSTON—Multiple law enforcement agencies joined together Friday morning to take down a parolee who led them on a wild chase through several counties.

Deer Park police tried to pull over a BMW for a traffic violation around 3:30 a.m., but the driver refused to stop and led police on a high-speed chase from Deer Park to southeast Harris County. A 13- or 14-year-old girl was with the suspect at the time.

Precinct 7 deputy constables, Houston police and other agencies assisted in the chase.

The suspect was shooting out of the BMW during the chase, and when he reached Beltway 8 and Black Hawk Boulevard, he veered toward a Precinct 7 deputy constable.

“The suspect swerved into the lane the officer was standing in and then, seconds later, swerved away,” said Kese Smith, HPD spokesperson.

The 23-year veteran sergeant pulled out his shotgun and began shooting, firing off at least ten rounds.

The suspect continued driving about a mile before crashing in the 10000 block of Black Hawk.

Witnesses said the scene was chaotic.

“(The cops) were running around like chickens with their heads cut off. They chased him for about 20 or 30 minutes,” said Ira Bacon, bystander. “I didn’t even know he got shot until we went down there and he was like ‘Oh, I’m shot’ when they pulled him out the car.”

Authorities are looking for the gun, which they believe, was tossed out the window during the chase.

The BMW’s owner had no idea the suspect had her vehicle. She let her son use the SUV to go to work, but he never came home. Her son had turned the keys over to his uncle, who was out on parole.

The teen was not harmed and taken in for questioning. She was just a family friend.

The son was later found, also unharmed, at an IHOP restaurant.

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