Armed man shot by officer during confrontation

May 17, 2012 10:25:09 AM PDT
We are hearing from relatives of a woman who was allegedly shot by her boyfriend overnight. The woman's 13-year-old daughter was also wounded before police shot the suspect.

The house on Homewood near Tremont is quiet now as neighbors now go about their day. Down the street, a group of kids wait for their bus. But one of their friends is missing.

"It's hard because something like that should never happen," said 13-year-old Kris Ross.

His friend was shot in the mouth. Her 31-year-old mother was shot in the head. Police say the mother's boyfriend did it. A relative who got there soon afterward didn't want to show his face on camera.

"They had an altercation when she got out of school, I believe, and from the altercation, it just escalated until I guess he just had enough," said the relative.

He says four young kids were in the house when it happened.

"I would never thought he would've done that though, you know what I'm saying, because he act like he loves the kids. When I come around, he's always doing stuff for them, keeping them in line and disciplining them," the relative said.

Another relative, Zakia Jenkins, is helping take care of the kids now.

"I don't really try to think of it that much because you gotta be strong for the family and stuff," said Jenkins.

Police say the boyfriend left after shooting his girlfriend and her daughter. They say he walked down the street, still holding his gun.

"When the officer initially pulled up in his vehicle that suspect pointed a weapon rights directly at the officer and fled from the officer on foot," said John Cannon with the Houston Police Department. "That officer got into a foot pursuit with the suspect who, after refusing all verbal commands to drop the weapon, turned toward the officer and pointed the weapon at him and that's when the officer discharged his weapon several times."

The suspect was taken to the hospital and is listed in serious but stable condition.

The officer involved in the shooting was not injured. He has been with the Houston Police Department for four years and says he had no choice but to shoot since that's how dangerous the situation was.

Relatives tell Eyewitness News that the mother and daughter are both expected to recover. They say both should be released from the hospital later today.

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