Suspect under surveillance when he was shot to death by officer, HPD says

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A suspect died in the hospital after he was shot by Houston police Tuesday morning, the department announced in a briefing.

The suspect was shot around 10:25 a.m. at a business at 16510 North Freeway, according to HPD.

It started around 9 a.m. when officers were surveilling a crew that was recognized for having committed armed robberies in the area.

By 10 a.m. three suspects exited their vehicle and entered the business. Police were mainly in pursuit of the driver, who was wanted for multiple robberies.

As the suspects were leaving the business, police said an armed passenger exited the vehicle and raised a pistol. That's when officers returned fire and shot the suspect in the chest area.

Although the 27-year-old was given a blood transfusion, he was unable to survive the gunshot wound.

Police said he had several open warrants in Harris County and was wanted for multiple robberies.

The driver tried to flee on foot but was later caught and taken into custody. He was later taken to the hospital after complaints of chest pain.

The third suspect was also taken into custody, according to police.

HPD Chief Art Acevedo said officers found an assault rifle by the building that was ditched by one of the suspects.

"I worry about our officers. I worry about our communities. That's what they face," said Acevedo.

No officers were injured.

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