Police said security cameras were rolling while a group of thieves tried stealing gasoline from a salvage shop in north Harris County.
It happened Monday morning off Northville Street near I-45.
The owner of the salvage yard said the four people caught on camera Monday morning are the same crooks who have stolen from his salvage yard before.
“I'm glad it worked, finally. All of the money we spend on security -- we spend a lot of money on security and finally it paid off,” said manager Leeland Johnson. “Someone finally got caught.”
Harris County deputies said two men scaled the fence and were stealing the fuel. On the other side of the fence, two other suspects were in a stolen truck.
Johnson said the suspects used buckets to fill up the fuel.
Surveillance video showed that when deputies arrived at the scene, the driver in the truck rammed the patrol cruiser three different times.
“The driver again put the truck in reverse and came back at the deputies ramming the first vehicle again,” said Thomas Gilliland with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. “At that point, deputies discharged their weapons at the truck.”
Investigators said the 17-year-old driver was shot in the head.
His passenger and 13-year-old cousin was arrested.
Johnson said his business has been burglarized five times since early July. He hopes the overnight arrests put a stop the string of crime here.
“It hurts. Money is money,” said Johnson. “We have to make as much money on as many things as we possibly can and when they take stuff from it, it hurts. It hurts the bottom line.”
The three deputies who fired their weapons are all on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.