HOUSTON—A Harris County man remains hospitalized tonight after he was shot by a deputy for allegedly trying to kidnap his girlfriend at gunpoint.
A birthday party was taking place at a house on Grassington Street in Channelview.
"They had a party down the street somewhere, and the guy was running from the police and had the accident," said neighbor Thaddeus King.
Around 3:30 a.m., 32-year-old Jose Estrada reportedly pulled out a semi-automatic hand gun after he and the homeowner got into an argument over his girlfriend. He then allegedly dragged the girlfriend to his car and made her get inside.
When deputies from Constable Precinct 3 arrived, they say Estrada was holding the gun to her head and even fired a shot into the roof when she tried to escape.
A chase ensued, ending when Estrada lost control of his car and slammed into a parked truck. He then left his girlfriend behind and tried flee on foot.
Investigators say a deputy caught up with Estrada in a grassy area where they got into a struggle. When Estrada refused to drop his weapon when ordered, the deputy shot him once in the stomach.
"I’m like I heard gunshots fire. I’m not about to walk outside. I ain’t about to get shot. When I did come out, the police had everything taped off," said neighbor Quintana McCardell.
Estrada is expected to survive. His girlfriend, who hasn’t been identified, wasn’t injured.
Estrada faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon as well as aggravated kidnapping. Investigators say there may also be fugitive warrant for his arrest out of Georgia.