HOUSTON – A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper fatally shot an armed robbery suspect Friday night in northwest Houston, according to Houston Police Department.
Multiple agencies are responding to the shooting in the 8000 block of Antoine Drive at Victory Drive. Officials said the roads are closed in both directions. The incident occurred around 7:40 p.m.
DPS Special Agents were involved in a shooting with an armed robbery suspect near Antoine and Victory in Houston.— TxDPS - Southeast Texas Region (@TxDPSSoutheast) December 12, 2020
The suspect is deceased, and a joint investigation is underway.
Media briefing near the intersection of the shooting at a time to be set. #hounews pic.twitter.com/2MKfry2hts
Officials said HCSO deputies and DPS special agents witnessed a man robbing a business on West Gulf Bank and Antoine Road. After the robbery, the officers followed the suspect’s vehicle and attempted to stop him in a safe location – away from the public.
From the video, it appears the officers boxed the suspect in around Antoine and Victory.
DPS says the officers gave verbal commands to the suspect but he showed a firearm. That’s when the DPS special agent opened fire, killing the man.
Officers administered first aid after the suspect was shot and EMS was called to the scene. DPS says they don’t believe the suspect fired his weapon, just showed it.
There’s no ID on the suspect, but HCSO and DPS say he was part of an investigation into several armed robberies in Harris County. This was part of a joint gang task force.
No officers were hurt.
The DPS special agent was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.