Officer opens fire on suspected burglar

December 22, 2009 4:37:22 AM PST
A suspected burglar was shot by police overnight when they say he pointed a gun at them. Authorities say the suspect pointed his weapon at officers not once, but twice. It all started when a man came home at 10:30pm to find lights on at his home on King near Cochran in northeast Houston. He called police, who arrived to find three burglary suspects on the property.

An officer identified himself, telling the men to stop. That's when one of the suspects allegedly pointed a gun at him. The officer fired his weapon, but missed.

Moments later, a second officer spotted the suspects on the side of the home, where he identified himself and according to Houston police, the same burglar pointed a weapon at him. This time, the officer fired and struck the man in the torso.

"The suspect turned toward him with a weapon, so the officer, in fear of his safety, discharged his weapon, striking the suspect one time," said HPD spokesperson Jodi Silva. "The suspect fell to the ground. The two other suspects fled."

The injured suspect was taken to Ben Taub Hospital, where he's listed in critical condition. The other two suspects who fled the scene were apprehended with the help of K-9 units.


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