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Robbery suspect shot by HPD officer after seen pistol-whipping victim

Chief Art Acevedo said he believes the suspect is at the hospital and is in surgery.

HOUSTON — A robbery suspect was shot by a Houston police sergeant Monday afternoon in Midtown.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said the sergeant was working an extra job in the 2200 block of Fannin Street and witnessed the robbery suspect pistol-whipping his victim.

The sergeant got out of his vehicle and when the suspect saw the officer he raised his gun at him, Acevedo said. That's when Acevedo said the sergeant drew his weapon and fired one shot at the suspect.

The suspect was able to get away, but Acevedo said he doesn't think he got far.

Police set up a perimeter around the area to look for the suspect but later learned that he may have gotten into a car with someone else and was taken to a nearby hospital.

"We believe that the suspect who has been struck by that one shot is in surgery," Acevedo said. "We are highly confident that is our suspect at Hermann Memorial."

The sergeant was in full uniform at the time of the shooting. He did not have a body camera on because he was working a secondary job, according to Acevedo.

The sergeant was placed on administrate leave pending the investigation.

Acevedo said a gun was recovered from a nearby storm drain.

The robbery victim left the scene after the shooting and Acevedo wants them to come forward.