Stafford police officer Ann Carrizales was wounded in a shooting after she stopped a vehicle around 3:30am Saturday in the 12700 block of Murphy Road. Inside were three males. One person was arrested and charged. Now, Crime Stoppers of Houston is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the filing of felony charges against any others in this case.
"She approached and was speaking with the driver when the passenger inside the vehicle shot her once in the chest and once in the face," SPD Lt. Dustin Claborn said.
In spite of her injuries, Carrizales returned fire as the vehicle fled. She then managed to make it back to her patrol car and followed the suspects, chasing them into Houston.
At a press conference on Thursday, Carrizales said she did it to save lives.
"It would be nothing for me to give mine for yours, to protect yours. I wouldn't think twice to do it. I didn't think twice to do it in the past, I wouldn't think twice to do it in the future," Carrizales said.
The 21-year-old shooter -- identified as Sergio Francisco Rodriguez -- was located and taken into custody by Missouri City police officers, who came to assist with the chase, along with DPS, Sugar Land and Houston officers. Rodriguez is charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer.
An active warrant for aggravated assault on a peace officer has been issued for the driver, 28-year-old Freddy Henriquez. Police said Henriquez should be considered armed and dangerous. He is also reportedly a Honduras native wanted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for illegally re-entering the United States as a violent felon.
According to ICE, Henriquez is believed to be a member of a violent gang called Sureno 13 -- a prison gang affiliated with the Mexican Mafia. If you see him or have information on his whereabouts, you're asked to call SPD at 281-261-3950, SPD Detective Henry Garcia at 281-208-6991, or call 911.
Police are also looking for a person of interest in the case. Daniel Cruz, aka Jose Luis Cruz, is wanted for questioning. He has not been charged at this time.
Carrizales has been a member of the Stafford Police Department since August of 2010. She's now recovering at home.
A digital billboard campaign is going up in Stafford in hopes of making an arrest in the case.
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