Deputy shoots suspect in northwest Harris County

By Syan Rhodes - Anchor/Reporter, Nakia Cooper - Senior Web Editor

HARRIS COUNTY - A Harris County deputy constable opened fire Monday afternoon, hitting a teenager who investigators say was shooting at deputies in northwest Harris County.

Investigators say the 19-year-old suspect wanted officers to open fire on him, screaming at them to shoot him, and that's exactly what they did; but only after he unloaded his pistol on them.

"The suspect had been in fight with family seen upstairs with a pistol," said Precinct 4 Constable Ron Hickman.

A family member at a home in the 11800 block of Bremen near Mohlerbruk called 911 warning authorities that the man had a history of mental illness, a military background and was armed.

"As officers responded to the house, he came down the stairs with a weapon and began to engage the officers," Hickman said. "The officers retreated to their vehicle at which time the suspect fired several rounds at the officers."

Officers returned fire, striking the man twice.

"I haven't had any issues real quiet; nothing too bad," said neighbor Stephanie Kelly.

Neighbors were stunned by the shootout that took place just a few doors down.

"It's disturbing knowing that something like this can happen in your backyard, especially with two young kids. I don't want any stray bullets over here," Kelly said.

One officer got a few scrapes and bruises in a scuffle with the suspect, who was taken to Ben Taub Hospital. There is no word on his condition.

Both the Harris County Sheriff's Office and the District Attorney's Office are investigating the shooting.

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