Alvin police officer shoots and wounds suspect

ALVIN, TX (KTRK) -- A 38-year-old man is in critical condition following a shootout Monday morning with Alvin Police.

The story began in Houston, at the home of the mother of Alfredo Vasquez's one-month-old son. Houston police were called with a report of shots fired at the home.

The Alvin Police Department was contacted, warning them Vasquez was said to have taken his infant son, as well as his gun. Police were also told he had been on a three-day binge of drinking and drugs.

Vasquez was reported to be on his way to his mother's home in Alvin.

When Alvin police arrived, so did Vasquez.

"We negotiated with him for several minutes, asking him to get out of his truck. He refused repeatedly, at one point saying, 'You'll have to kill me,'" said Alvin Police Lt. Todd Arendell.

Then, he said, Vasquez got out of his truck and fired three shots at a police vehicle. The officers did not return fire, Arendell said, "Because we didn't know if the child was still in the truck.

The next time Vazquez fired, officers responded, striking him in the head.

The baby, however, was already inside his grandmother's home. Vasquez had apparently left the infant with her, before he went on a diaper run. A box of diapers could be seen inside his truck after the shooting.

Vasquez was taken to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, where he was admitted to the ICU. No condition update has been provided at this time.
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