Suspect shot to death by police

July 20, 2009 9:14:29 AM PDT
A robbery in League City led to a chase Sunday night, which then led to an officer-involved shooting. It all ended in neighboring Webster on NASA Parkway at Kobayashi.Police say three men entered the Easy Street Bar in League City with guns drawn around 9:30pm. After robbing the customers and bartender, the men took off in a light colored Nissan Altima.

The suspects hadn't made it far when police in Webster spotted the vehicle on Highway 3. Officers tried to stop the vehicle in the 900 block of West NASA Parkway. As the vehicle came to a stop, two men immediately exited and began to flee. Officer Murphy pursued one of the suspects into a nearby parking lot and observed that the suspect had a handgun in his hand. The suspect was given verbal commands to stop and drop the weapon, but instead pointed the handgun back at the officer. Officer Murphy, fearing for his life, fired his service weapon at the suspect, hitting him once in the head.

"One of them made it to the center of the parking lot back behind us here and pointed a gun at the officer and was shot," said Webster PD Chief Ray Smiley.

The suspect was stabilized and then transported to the Herman Hospital via Life Flight where he was pronounced dead.

The driver, surrendered at the scene without incident. The third suspect exited the vehicle, dropped a handgun on the ground, and took off on foot on a power line easement. The suspect approached a citizen who was talking on a cell phone adjacent to the Baystone Apartment complex and asked to use the phone. The citizen refused and the suspect continued to run eastbound. As he approached Texas Avenue he hid himself under a pile of grass in some high weeds. As a K-9 unit from the Dickenson Police Department closed in on him a Houston Police Department helicopter located a "hot spot" in the brush. Officers closed in and took that man into custody.

The two suspects will be charged in Galveston County.

The shooting is currently being investigated by members of the Harris County District Attorney's Office and the Webster Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division. As per policy, Officer Murphy will be placed on administrative duty while the investigation continues.

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