Officer shoots suspect during struggle

January 9, 2008 2:25:00 AM PST
A police officer shot and killed an alleged robbery suspect during an apparent struggle in Conroe. It happened in the Stewarts Forest subdivision, just south of Loop 336 at I-45. A Conroe police officer on patrol in the area spotted a group of men allegedly stealing construction material from a worksite. Police say the men were loading hardy plank into a Suburban. The officer tried to stop the men but they took off running.

The officer caught up with one of the men and tried to subdue him with pepper spray, but police say the man grabbed the pepper spray and tried to use it against the officer. That's when the Conroe patrolman grabbed his gun and shot the suspect once.

The suspect was transported to Conroe Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The identity of the victim has not been released.

Shortly after the shooting, police did take at least one suspect into custody for questioning.

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