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Suspect charged with aggravated assault after shootout with Houston police officers

The gunman ran away after opening fire on two officers, but was later caught, police said.

HOUSTON — A man who police tried to pull over for a burned-out headlight opened fire on officers in southeast Houston, Chief Art Acevedo said.

Police returned fire, and the suspect ran away.

The shootout happened at about 3:20 a.m. Thursday in the 4000 block of Yellowstone, according to Houston police.

Two officers in a patrol car tried to stop the suspect and a female passenger, believed to be the suspect’s mother. That’s when the driver took a right turn and both the driver and his mother rolled out of the vehicle.

The suspect, later identified as 37-year-old Gregory Gaines, then got up and opened fire on the officers. Acevedo said the officer in the patrol car's passenger seat returned fire.

There were no injuries in the shootout.

Gaines and the mother fled the scene. He was later found hiding under a vehicle in the area, and he was taken into custody without further incident. Police say they also found the gun he used and a controlled substance.

Gaines faces multiple charges for the shootout and for a crash that occurred after he and his mother bailed out of the moving vehicle.

The mother was also detained for questioning. We don't know if she was charged.


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