Effort to take down alleged robbery ring ends with HPD officer shooting suspect

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Thursday, April 6, 2023
HPD opens fire during surveillance on likely robbery ring
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Police are investigating after an officer shot someone during performing surveillance on a likely robbery ring.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- An investigation into a string of robberies in northwest Harris County ended with a Houston Police Department officer shooting at a suspect Wednesday evening.

HPD and the sheriff's office were conducting a joint operation in the area after receiving multiple reports of robberies, according to officers.

At about 5:55 p.m. Wednesday, detectives in the 11100 block of Veterans Memorial saw a man matching the description of one of the robbery suspects go into the Krazy Dollar Store. The suspect was then seen running out, which was consistent with previous cases, police said.

An officer went into the store and confirmed that the suspect had committed a robbery.

Although the suspect took off, he was then seen at Broad Haven running toward another officer. The officer gave commands to the suspect, who continued running toward him. That's when the officer fired several times at the suspect.

The suspect fell to the ground, dropped a firearm, and then surrendered.

He was given medical assistance and was then taken to the hospital in critical condition. The suspect was described as a Black man between 19 and 20 years old.

Houston police said the sheriff's office has taken lead in the investigation.

The names of the suspect or the officer involved in the shooting were not released.

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