Deputy shoots suspect during standoff

February 7, 2011 4:40:20 AM PST
Police are looking into a shooting that happened this morning in northwest Harris County involving a deputy. It all started around 2:15am when Harris County sheriff's deputies say they received a phone call about a domestic disturbance on Bycreek near Creek South. The call reportedly came from the wife of a 22-year-old man who had been drinking and was suicidal.

The man was reportedly armed with a rifle and pistol, and also had a Taser in the home. Investigators say they tried to negotiate with the man, but that apparently failed.

Deputies say inside the home at the time was the man's two-year-old daughter, her mother and an elderly couple. The little girl and her mother remained in a bathroom during the ordeal. The elderly man and woman were able to get out of the home.

At one point, deputies reported hearing a gunshot inside the home, and went inside. That's when they say the suspect poined a weapon at a deputy, and that deputy opened fire, hitting the suspect multiple times.

The suspect was taken to Ben Taub Hospital, where he was undergoing surgery. We're told he's listed in critical condition.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office is investigating, and while they do, the deputy will remain off-duty. That's standard procedure in any officer-involed shooting. That deputy is a nine-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff's Office.