Child sex assault suspect shot, killed by Hitchcock police after chase near Hobby Airport, HPD says

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Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Hitchcock police shoot suspect near Hobby Airport, HPD says
An investigation is underway after a suspect was shot by police in southeast Houston near Hobby Airport, according to authorities.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- An investigation is underway after a child sexual assault suspect was shot and killed by police following a chase in southeast Houston, according to authorities.

The Houston Police Department said in a tweet Tuesday afternoon that officers from another jurisdiction were involved in a shooting at 8406 Mosley Road.

In an update, HPD Asst. Chief Wyatt Martin said Hitchcock police officers were serving a warrant for aggravated sexual assault of a child to the suspect before he took off in an "18-wheeler-type vehicle," initiating a chase.

The short chase ended in a parking lot near Hobby Airport, according to Martin. The suspect reportedly got out of the vehicle and exposed a pistol-style firearm, prompting two Hitchcock officers to open fire, according to investigators.

"I heard gunshots," an eyewitness working in a shop nearby told ABC13. "I saw a man lying on the ground. They were trying to resuscitate him."

Investigators said the suspect was shot and given medical aid by officers on the scene. He was transported to Memorial Hermann, where he died. Houston police said no officers were injured.

"I want to say it was about 17 gunshots," the witness said. "I thought it was fireworks at first. But then I was like, 'No, there's no way. That sounds like gunshots.'"

Houston police said the suspect was a Hispanic man who was possibly in his 50s. Investigators are still determining how many shots were fired.

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