HOUSTON – An HPD officer was left covered in blood, but not his own, after fighting with an irate suspect in southwest Houston Monday morning, according to Houston police.
The 52-year-old officer was responding to a call in the 6000 block of Gulfton near Rampart around 8:25 a.m. and found a man breaking through the window of an apartment.
The 25-year-old man, who was punching the window with his bare hands, grabbed a shard of glass and went after the officer who approached him, police said.
That is when the officer, in fear for his safety, discharged his duty weapon at least twice and struck the suspect, but the suspect continued coming after him.
The officer backed up and stumbled, losing his gun, as the suspect jumped on top of him.
The officer and the suspect wrestled until paramedics arrived and pulled them apart.
“He was screaming crazy, in Spanish, but he was mad and there was multiple officers holding him down to the ground,” said Chyenne Meyers, a witness.
The suspect was taken to Ben Taub Hospital in critical condition.
Police now say the man originally attacked his 20-year-old male roommate. That was the initial call for help.
“I heard all this screaming and all this crashing and everything,” said Elizabeth Rodriguez, a witness.
The roommate, who was inside the apartment, was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital for treatment. He sustained non-life threatening stab wounds to the shoulder, abdomen and hands.
The officer, whose shirt was covered in the suspect’s blood, was not badly injured.