HOUSTON – A Houston police officer is in “stable, but critical condition” after he was shot Monday by a man in Kingwood during a disturbance call over a parking dispute, authorities said.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the officer, an 11-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, has a wife and three children.
The shooting happened in the 200 block of Northpines Drive around 11 a.m.
Houston police said the officer who was called to the scene after a fight over a parking space. Houston police said a woman claimed that a man spat her face over a parking space dispute and police were called. Police went to the man’s apartment and when police tried to speak him at the door he started firing a gun multiple times and shot the officer in the arm and abdomen, but the officer’s vest managed to protect him from that. the other Houston police officer who was at the scene managed to use his hands to detain the 26-year-old suspect.
The officer, whose name has not been released, was taken to the hospital.
The suspect, identified as a white male by Houston police has been detained. He was not hurt. His name and identifying information will be released, Houston police said, when he is charged.
HPD Chief Troy Finner said in the news conference Monday that he has not seen the body-worn camera video of the incident yet, but that he plans to watch it. At the time of the media briefing he said the HPD officers did not fire their guns in this incident.
The shooting will be investigated by a special investigative unit of HPD and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Finner said.
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HPD commanders & PIO en route to @HCAHouKingwood after one of our officers was shot by a suspect at 200 N. Pines Drive. Prelim info is officer was shot in the arm & taken to hospital. The suspect is detained.— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) July 5, 2021
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