PEARLAND, Texas—A suspect injured while trying to steal power tools from a Home Depot Sunday afternoon was shot and killed later that evening by a Pearland officer when he was caught trying to escape the hospital, police said.
The shooting happened around 9 p.m. outside Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, according to a spokesman for the Pearland Police Department.
On Sunday around 3:30 p.m., Pearland police were dispatched to the Home Depot in the 10100 block of W. Broadway for a report of a theft in progress. The store’s loss prevention department allegedly spotted the suspect entering the store and selecting a large gray tote from the garden department. The suspect was then seen stuffing assorted power tools, valued over $1,800, in the bag and placing it on top of a fence. When the suspect went to retrieve the bag, he was approached by security, but broke free and ran. His description was given to police who also began looking for him.
The suspect was then seen entering a Walmart on the same street and officers gave chase. The suspect was tackled and taken into custody. He began complaining of injuries sustained during his arrest and was taken to the hospital for treatrment. A uniformed Pearland Police Officer was assigned to guard the suspect while at the hospital.
Police said the suspect was handcuffed to his bed, but somehow managed to free himself and make his way outside without anyone noticing.
When police realized the suspect was gone, they went outside and said they found him making his escape toward a nearby pond. The Pearland officer gave chase and swam through the pond while shouting for the suspect to stop.
The suspect turned to face the officer, and police opened fire. The shot suspect was moved back into the hospital where he was declared dead.
Police spokesman Jodi Silva would not say if the man was still wearing handcuffs when he was shot.
Silva said the officer who opened fire has been with Pearland for four years.
Police said the suspect was also wanted for at least one felony warrant.