HOUSTON – A short police chase Tuesday morning ended with the suspect firing shots at law enforcement officers after crashing his vehicle.
It happened north of Cloverleaf in east Harris County, according to officials.
The gunfire was reported about 10:30 a.m. near the intersection of Uvalde Road and Freeport Street.
Investigators said Harris County Precinct 3 deputy constables were chasing the suspect after he blew through a red light and refused to pull over.
A spokesman for the Harris County Sheriff's Office said the driver crashed the Jeep into a potato chip truck that was parked in front of a Mexican supermarket. Witnesses reported hearing shots shortly after the collision.
"I remember seeing three policemen approaching the car and on the driver side, the cop that was over there as he's approaching, all of a sudden, we hear a gunshot and he goes like this like he was ducking a shot, then we heard two more shots," said Beverly Wade, who works at an office across the street.
The deputy constable returned fire but neither he nor the suspect was struck.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office is the lead agency investigating the shooting. Investigators said they found a handgun and AR-style long gun inside the suspect's vehicle.
The man, who authorities have not yet identified, was taken to a nearby hospital in fair condition to be treated for injuries related to the crash.