UPDATE: Search for suspect continues after deputy was shot during robbery at restaurant

By Vincent Crivelli - Reporter, Cory McCord - Digital News Editor, MaryAnn Martinez

HOUSTON - A veteran Harris County Precinct 5 deputy is recovering after he was shot in the arm Wednesday during an attempted robbery at the Five Guys in northwest Houston, according to police.

"The Precinct 5 deputy who was shot during an aggravated robbery last night is in good spirits this afternoon, recovering from surgery to remove a bullet from his right arm," Constable Ted Heap said. "He faces a long road to recovery ahead and further medical procedures, but feels blessed to have escaped more serious injury."

Around 8:25 p.m., Houston police said they got a call about a robbery and shooting at the Five Guys in the 2900 block of Shepherd Drive.

Sheila Zamora, whose son works at Five Guys, says the gunman robbed customers before pointing a gun at her son's head.

"My son gave him the money, and then he turned around, and on the way out is when he saw the policeman," said Zamora. "He shot the policeman."

The deputy, a 15-year law enforcement veteran who'd worked about 12 years with the Precinct 5 Constable's Office, was working an off-duty job as a security guard at the location and was sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot when he saw a man enter the store and start robbing customers.

When the deputy approached the door of the restaurant, the armed robber fired multiple shots through the glass door, striking the deputy at least one time.

Authorities said the deputy did not fire his weapon because there were several customers inside the restaurant.

The suspect is described as a black man who was wearing a green and white sweatsuit and a mask. He is about 6 feet to 6 feet, 3 inches tall, and police believe he left the scene in a white Dodge Charger with black rims.

"I think it would be best if he turned himself in. We have a very good description of him. We are going to have some photographic evidence, so we will find him," said Assistant Police Chief James Jones.

The deputy was taken to an area hospital in stable condition. At about 8:20 a.m. Thursday, Heap wrote on Facebook that the deputy's surgery was successful and he was awake and alert.

"These robberies at night by armed gunmen are dangerous. They can be deadly, and I am just praying to the Lord this deputy is OK and comes out of surgery OK," said Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg. "I am just praying that the law enforcement out here safely apprehends this robber and attempted murderer."

Anyone with information about the suspect's whereabouts is asked to call police.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story reported the deputy was with the Harris County Sheriff's Office, but that information has updated.

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