VIDEO: Catalytic converter theft leads to wild confrontation, shooting in west Houston

A still image from a confrontation at a west Houston apartment complex on April 23, 2021. (HPD, Houston Police Department)

HOUSTON – Police are searching for three men after a confrontation over a catalytic converter theft led to a shooting in west Houston.

Houston police said it all began around 7:30 p.m. on April 23, when a woman taking out trash saw someone under her sibling’s vehicle in the apartment complex parking lot in the 7700 block of Corporate. He had a saw and was trying to remove a catalytic converter, according to police.

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When the woman told her family member what she saw, her sibling and several other relatives ran outside to confront the suspects.

Both men then ran to their vehicle and one returned to the area with a gun and began to shoot at the group. In the rush to the car, they dropped their saw, which one of the people confronting them picked up. To get the saw back, one of the suspects started to shoot at the group and managed to retrieve the saw as the group fled.

The suspect ran back to the vehicle and fled the scene.

Watch video of the wild confrontation below.

These are the descriptions of the suspects from HPD:

Suspect No. 1 - Black male, 22 to 28 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet in height, 205 pounds in weight, brown eyes, black complexion, black braided hair, black t-shirt, tan pants, white shoes. This is the gunman and converter thief, police say.

Suspect No. 2 - Hispanic male, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches in height, 160 pounds in weight, black hair, light brown complexion, medium build

Suspect No. 3 - Black male, 17 to 22 years old, medium build, blue long sleeve - suspect’s Vehicle - 2013 to 2018 Black Chevrolet Malibu.


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