Suspect dead after police chase ends along Southwest Freeway

A suspect is dead after a police chase ended along the Southwest Freeway near Kirkwood early Monday.

STAFFORD, Texas – A suspect driver is dead after a high-speed police chase ended along the Southwest Freeway early Monday.

According to the Houston Police Department, the chase ended near Kirkwood and at one point shut down all the southbound lanes.

Investigators say this whole thing started at about 3:15 a.m. when they tried to pull over a wrong-way driver on Smith Street.

“You never know why people are playing the police but all they had to do was pull over,” HPD Spokesman John Cannon said.

Cannon says the suspect starting running red lights, then sped down the Gulf Freeway. Then the pursuit headed south on Southwest Freeway.

Police said he opened fire on officers during the pursuit.

“He leaned outside the driver-side window and fired multiple shots of the officer. The officer says probably three shots were fired. Thankfully this suspect missed,” Cannon said.

Cameras were rolling when he crashed into a wall – eventually crashing into a CenterPoint power pole on the feeder road.

The suspect was found dead in his car. Investigators believe he shot himself as police say they never fired.

“Officers never returned fire during this pursuit. No citizens were thankfully impacted by this since it happened so early in the morning,” Cannon said.

As far as who this suspect is, that’s something the medical examiner is looking into right now. At this point police don’t know why he took off in the first place. T


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