Standoff suspect charged for firing shots at police, mother-in-law

Suspect's 83-year-old mother-in-law is listed in stable condition

HOUSTON - Police said the man who fired shots at Houston police officers and his mother-in-law has been charged.

Houston police were called to the 600 block of Maxey Road around 10 a.m. Wednesday after a report of a loud noise disturbance.

Neighbors told police a man was outside firing a gun.

"Like popping a lot. I was like oh my God what was that... and again," said neighbor Cynthia Romero.

When officers arrived, the suspect, later identified as 51-year-old Enrique Gutierrez, fired his shotgun at police. HPD Officer W. Purser fired his weapon at the suspect. The suspect was not hit. Two HPD patrol cars were hit, but no officers were injured.

Gutierrez then barricaded himself inside his mobile home. Police surrounded his home in what was described as a "very active scene."

"We were scared. We're thinking of going back inside," said 9-year-old Jacque Gonzales.

"You don't think about it until it hits close to home," said Henry Carousel. "I was more scared for my family, my kids and my wife."

Houston police said Gutierrez's 83-year-old mother-in-law was shot and transported to LBJ Hospital in stable condition. Another person, who was not injured, was safely removed from the scene.

"At this point whether there is additional people inside the residence injured, we are not aware of," said Jodi Silva with the Houston Police Department.

Gutierrez was taken into custody without incident. The standoff lasted about two hours.

Gutierrez is charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a public servant and one count of aggravated assault on a family member.

The police officer who fired his gun at the suspect has been with  the department since 1993. As is customary with HPD officer-involved shootings, the incident is being investigated by the Homicide and Internal Affairs divisions.

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