Home invasion leads to chase, officer-involved shooting in southeast Houston

What began as a home invasion in southeast Houston ended with a police chase and shots fired on Sunday
January 19, 2014 3:55:43 PM PST
What began as a home invasion in southeast Houston ended with a police chase and shots fired on Sunday.

The Houston Police Department said it all started at an apartment complex in the 10900 block of the Gulf Freeway near Clearwood.

That's where officials said two men approached a resident who was returning home from church. They allegedly forced him into his apartment at gunpoint, and then tied him up while they ransacked the place.

"They demanded to know what kind of car he drove, and he told them a red Dodge Charger," HPD spkesperson John Cannon said.

After stealing the man's cell phone and TV, one of the suspects took his car, which was spotted by an officer who was flagged down by the victim.

"The suspect refuses to stop, then goes at a high rate of speed to the Woodridge exit," Cannon said.

The suspect reportedly hit another vehicle in the 7300 block of Thurow and bailed out, running into a neighborhood where he was spotted by another officer.

"The officer is in the driveway of the residence and suspect is in the backyard near a fence when he fires at the officer," Cannon said.

The officer returned fire, and the suspect ducked away. Officials said no one was struck.

One neighbor told us the suspect was hiding in his backyard beneath a tarp. He alerted the officers, who sent in a police dog.

"He starts pulling up on the tarp and then sees the suspect's hands and feet, and that's when our officers went and took the male into custody," Cannon said.

Police said the man who was initially robbed later came to the scene and confirmed that the suspect in custody is the person who held a gun to his head.

The suspect faces a long list of charges, possibly including attempted murder of a police officer. His name has not been released, nor has any information on the second suspect.

Luckily, no injuries were reported.

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