Driver shot by police following chase

January 12, 2011 1:33:15 PM PST
A police chase in Conroe ended with a suspect being shot by an officer. At about 1am, a Conroe police officer tried to pull over a driver after he reportedly saw a silver color 2002 Chevrolet pickup run a red light at the intersection Highland Hollow Blvd. and West Davis Street. The driver refused to stop and headed eastbound to I-45 and then northbound on I-45 towards the city of Willis. The driver then traveled eastbound on FM 1097 through Willis and then to FM 2432.

Police say the driver ultimately stopped at a home in the 12000 block of Oak Meadow, east of the city of Willis. The highest speed attained in the pursuit was approximately 80 miles per hour.

While at the home, police say the driver of the vehicle still refused to stop, drove through the yard, demolished a fence, and then drove directly towards the marked patrol car of a DPS trooper who had joined in the chase.

The Conroe police supervisor feared for the trooper's safety as the driver appeared to be intentionally driving towards the trooper's vehicle. He fired three shots at the driver, one of which struck the driver in the right arm. The suspect stopped the vehicle and was taken into custody.

The driver of the pickup was identified as Christopher Brian Browning, 32. The incident occurred at Browning's home. He was transported to the Conroe Regional Medical Center with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his right arm. Criminal charges are pending.

The Conroe Police Department and the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office are investigating the incident.