HOUSTON - Police said a woman shot her ex-boyfriend in self-defense outside a southwest Houston gas station.
The woman said she was forced to shoot her ex-boyfriend in the leg because he was threatening to hurt her. Houston police said the man started following the woman near Highway 59 and South Gessner Wednesday morning and things escalated from there. Investigators said at one point he forced his way into her car and tried to crash it.
"He came banging on the window, he forced her away from the driver's side to the passenger side, then he became the driver. Once he was inside the vehicle, he was hitting her in the face, and other stuff ensued, and she pulled out her weapon and shot him in self-defense," said Clint Ponder, with the Houston Police Department.
According to police, the shooting happened shortly before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the street a few yards from a Citgo gas station at West Bellfort and South Gessner. The victim and suspect pulled the vehicle into the gas station driveway. Witnesses said all of it played out in front of them and it was very violent.
"I was seeing everything. He jumped out a couple of times and she tried to take off and he jumped in, and caught up to her and pulled her over again. It was just a lot of yelling and it was violent," said witness Stephen Aguilar.
Paramedics rushed the ex-boyfriend to the hospital to be treated for the gunshot wound to the leg. The woman was questioned, and as of right now, the woman is not facing any charges because police said she fired the handgun in self-defense.
"The District Attorney's office will have final say on who files charges or not, if charges are excepted or not," said Ponder.
Police have not released the names of those involved.
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