Missouri City PD officer shot by armed suspect during chase in SW Houston, police say

HOUSTON – A Missouri City police officer is recovering at a hospital after Houston police say she was shot by an armed suspect during a pursuit early Saturday.

According to HPD Chief Troy Finner, officers with Missouri City PD spotted a vehicle reportedly taken by an aggravated robber in north Harris County on Friday at a gas station at the corner of Fondren Road and Main Street in southwest Houston. Officers followed the suspect as he fled, and that was when a pursuit began.

HPD officers were called for backup in the pursuit, Finner said. The suspect the crashed the vehicle in front of a home in the 15500 block of Corsair and ran toward the backyard.

At some point, Finner said the suspect, who appeared to be armed with “two automatic guns with extended magazines,” came out and fired at police.

One officer, Crystal Sepulveda, was shot in the face and foot, according to Finner.

Sepulveda was transported via patrol vehicle to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Medical Center area.

Meanwhile, the suspect fled on foot and was located in the 1500 block of Winter Briar Drive. Fort Bend County Sheriff’s deputies and Texas DPS troopers were called to assist.

Finner said the suspect was then located in the backyard of a home and attempted to engage with officers.

Shots were fired at the suspect multiple times, according to HPD. He was transported to an area hospital where he later died.

Finner said two HPD officers, a Fort Bend County Sheriff’s deputy, and a Texas DPS officer reportedly engaged at the suspect. Each agency will conduct their own independent investigation.

No additional injuries were reported.

According to Missouri City PD Assistant Chief Lance Bothell, Officer Sepulveda remains in stable condition at the hospital.

The Missouri City Police Officers Association- Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #594 has created a fundraiser to cover Sepulveda’s unexpected costs.

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