Officers shoot woman during standoff

July 23, 2009 4:51:05 PM PDT
A woman was shot by law enforcement officers at her house in northwest Harris County to serve a warrant. US marshals and deputy constables arrived at the home on Linden Tree near Sand Plum late Thursday afternoon. Investigators say the woman came out of the home with a gun.Members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force were attempting to serve a warrant at the home. Authorities have identified the woman as Theresa Hunter, 51. She was wanted for an alleged case of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The victim in that case was apparently a family member.

When authorities made contact at the home at around 1pm, Hunter barricaded herself inside with another person. Officers forced their way in through the front door. They retreated after hearing commotion inside, knowing she had a history with weapons.

Authorities say after about 40 minutes, Hunter tried to sneak out a back window. They say she was armed with a shotgun. Constables say they feared for their lives and the safety of those in the neighborhood. That's when they opened fire. Hunter was shot as she tried to climb a fence in her back yard.

Chief John Laine with the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable's office explained, "Well, obviously, as you can see here today, it's a great deal of risk. You're in a residential neighborhood. You're not only concerned with the officers' safety, but of all the residents around you. You just never know what you're facing when you try to make an entry to make an arrest on a warrant like this."

Hunter was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital with a shooting wound to her leg. Her condition has not been released, but she is expected to survive.

The deputy constable involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by both the Harris County Sheriff's office and the Harris County District Attorney's office.

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