HOUSTON — A Houston officer was injured and a carjacking suspect died after a shootout with authorities following a car chase in southwest Houston, Houston police said.
Officers were dispatched to the scene of the shooting around 11:20 a.m. on Highway 59 and Chimney Rock.
The 20-year-old officer was shot in the leg after a chase, and the suspect was also shot, HPD Police Chief Troy Finner said at a news conference.
The officer was taken to Memorial Hermann at the Texas Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery. He has a 20 month old child.
The man, who was the suspect, died in hospital.
The suspect allegedly committed an aggravated carjacking Friday at Highway 59 and Beechnut, and an officer found the stolen vehicle on Highway 59.
Police followed the vehicle and did not use their siren, but the suspect still attempted to flee.
A car chase began on the highway and ended when the suspect crashed into several vehicles on Interstate 610.
Finner said the suspect went out onto the highway and shot a police officer, who then fell.
The suspect allegedly attempted to carjack two people at the scene.
At least three police officers fired their weapons at the suspect, who was struck several times. Authorities are still investigating how many officers were involved in the shooting.
When the officer was shot, several citizens pulled him to safety, including a man who had previous problems with law enforcement.
The injured police officer will be placed on leave. HPD will be subject to an internal investigation.
The identities of those involved have not been released.
The Eastex Highway at Chimney Rock remains closed.
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