Officer shoots at chase suspect

Published On: Jul 03 2012 07:21:37 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 03 2012 07:38:56 AM CDT
HOUSTON -

Detectives are investigating an officer-involved shooting after a suspect led police on a chase. 

Officials said it began around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday in northwest Houston.  METRO police said they spotted a suspect driving erratically in a white pickup truck near North Shepherd and the North Freeway.  Police said when they attempted to pull the man over, he drove off and a chase began.

"The chase went down the North Freeway," said Victor Centies, an HPD spokesman.

During the 15-minute chase, METRO said the suspect hit several parked cars and then crashed into a ditch on Carver near Garapan. 

Officer Robert Smith said he saw the suspect reach for a black object and heard a gunshot. Officer Smith then fired his weapon at the suspect, who fled on foot and jumped over a fence, officials said.  He was caught a short time later. 

"(Smith) hears a noise which he believes to be a gunshot, and obviously concerned for his own safety, he discharges his weapon at least one time," Centies said.

The suspect was not injured. He will be charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.