Deputy injured trying to detain suspects

January 20, 2010 8:58:09 AM PST
Two Harris County sheriff's deputies are lucky to be alive after facing down suspects in a southwest Houston apartment complex. It happened around 8pm Tuesday in the parking lot of the Cambridge Crossing Apartments on South Dairy Ashford near Huntington Place. The two Harris County deputies approached three people in a red Monte Carlo which looked suspicious to them.

But before they could get to the vehicle, the driver hit the gas, hitting one of the deputies. Both deputies then opened fire on the people inside the vehicle, apparently hitting at least two of them.

"Believing the vehicle and the driver to be a threat to himself and his fellow deputies, the partner of the fallen deputy draws his weapon, he fires several shots," said Victor Senties with the Houston Police Department. "The deputy on the ground also draws his weapon. He fires several shots."

The suspects managed to make it to Ormandy and South Main before their wounds got the better of them. About an hour after the deputy was struck, an emergency call went out for help. Two people were shot and another was injured by broken glass and they needed assistance.

Authorities say everyone is expected to be OK, including the deputy who was treated at the scene.

As for the suspects -- two women and one man -- they're facing charges of aggravated assault on a public servant.