Off-duty officer shot at west Houston apartments; suspect still on the loose, police say

HOUSTON – A Houston police officer is recovering after a man shot him in the leg in west Houston Sunday, according to HPD police chief Troy Finner.

The wounded officer was John Brown, 33, who’s an eight-year veteran who works in the Homicide Division.

Investigators said Brown was working an extra job at the Villas at Market View Apartments on Pine Lake Drive at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

“(Officer Brown) observed a male looking very suspicious on the property,” said Finner.

Finner said Brown approached the man and the two exchanged words.

“At some point, the officer went to grab him. I think he got a hold of maybe one hand. The suspect fired multiple shots striking our officer,” said Finner.

“(Officer Brown) observed a male looking very suspicious on property,” said Finner, where many officers gathered to show support.

Brown was released from the hospital before 4 a.m. Sunday.

“He’s doing well, thank God. It hit him in the right spot. I don’t think there’s any broken bones or anything,” said Finner.

Houston police were searching for the suspect in the area where the shooting took place.

He’s described as a Hispanic man, 20 to 30 years old, approximately 5′7, 5′8, heavyset, wearing a white shirt and black shorts.

“Just a message to the suspect. We’re coming after you,” said Finner.

Anyone with information on the wanted suspect in this case is urged to contact the HPD Special Investigations Unit at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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