Deputy responding to robbery fires weapon

June 8, 2012 4:38:28 AM PDT
A robbery attempt in east Houston reportedly ended with a deputy firing a weapon Thursday afternoon, apparently wounding a suspect.

It happened at a Lone Star Title Loans along Uvalde near Woodforest. According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, a deputy was flagged down by a motorist and alerted about the robbery. That deputy then called for backup.

After backup arrived, two deputies stationed themselves at the front of the business, while another two went to the back.

According to investigators, when the deputies entered the front, they instructed the suspects to come out with their hands up. That's when armed masked suspect reportedly came toward the front door, so one deputy fired his weapon at the suspect, but missed.

However, a second suspect who was in the back of the business was shot after he reportedly ignored officers' request to stay still on the ground. Deputies say a gun was near that suspect and when he made a move toward it, that officer fired.

A third suspect was not injured. He, too, was taken into custody.

The suspect who was shot was transported to Ben Taub with non life-threatening injuries.

The Houston Police Department is investigating.

The two officers involved weren't hurt. According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, one of the deputies is assigned to the Parks division and has been with the Sheriff's Office for 15 years. The other is assigned to patrol and has been with on the force since 2003.

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