HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – Deputies shot an armed robbery suspect outside a northwest Harris County gas station after they said he raised his weapon at them.
A second suspect was taken into custody at the scene.
It all happened just before 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at a Valero station on Highway 6 at Keith Harrow, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said they were called to the station after a clerk triggered the silent alarm.
“As the suspects were leaving the store, the deputies pulled in,” said HCSO spokesman Tom Gilliland. “Deputies exited their vehicles and ordered the one male suspect to drop his weapon. He raised his weapon, and at that point a deputy fired, striking the suspect.”
The suspect was rushed to the hospital by Life Flight where he underwent surgery. As of Tuesday afternoon he remained in critical condition.
The clerk and a customer inside the station were not injured, although flying bullets shattered the store’s glass door.
The sheriff’s office later identified the wounded suspect as 21-year-old Kourtnay Andrus. The second suspect was identified as 23-year-old Kydell Andrus. Both face charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault on a peace officer.
Investigators said they believe this the third gas station robbery these suspects are tied to.