HCSO: Deputy kills gunman after he flees shooting scene

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – Officials say a deputy shot and killed a man who fled the scene of a shooting and then refused to drop his gun early Saturday morning.

According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, a deputy was at the intersection of West Little York Road and Barker-Cypress about 1:17 a.m., when he came across a situation between two vehicles. Authorities said the deputy heard gunfire and saw one of the vehicle's windows shot out.

The man in the other vehicle drove away from the scene and the deputy pursued him to a dead-end in a field on the corner of West Little York and Fry roads.

"When the suspect exited the vehicle, he had a gun in his hand, and our deputy told him to stop and to drop his weapon," said Lt. Joe Ambriz of HCSO Media Relations. "The suspect did not comply, and at that point the deputy was in fear of his life and discharged his gun one time, striking the suspect."

EMS was called to the scene and the man was pronounced dead.

An ambulance was also called to West Little York and Barker-Cypress. Ambriz said the man in the first vehicle was transported to Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital in critical condition. The woman in the passenger's seat was not injured.

HCSO is not releasing the name of the deputy involved in this shooting. Ambriz said the deputy is a six-year veteran with the Sheriff's Office.

The District Attorney's Office is conducting its own independent investigation into the incident along with HCSO's Homicide detectives and Internal Affairs Crime Scene Unit.