Off-duty officer opens fire on theft suspects

HOUSTON

Police say Officer M. Wallace had just pulled into a Walgreens on Westpark and saw a man run out of the store and into an SUV with a large box. Two employees were chasing the man, and Wallace thought a robbery might be underway.

"He's in plain clothes but he has his badge on his belt and he's showing his HPD ID and giving verbal commands for the driver to stop. The driver did not do so and instead accelerated right at the officer," HPD Spokesman Kese Smith said.

Wallace fired two shots at the SUV, which had the suspect and two other people inside. Investigators don't believe anyone was hit, and the SUV drove off.

Police say the box contained 30 cartons of cigarettes that had just been delivered.

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