Houston Police Department told reporters on the Friday morning, press conference, that one of its officers was shot three times during a night of crime spree late Thursday night, Sept. 14.
The 29-year-old officer was struck once in the groin area and twice in the upper body and was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital. Chief Art Acevedo said at least one of the bullets hit near a major artery.
On Friday morning, Sept. 15, National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Vice President Joe Gamaldi tweeted that the five-year veteran went through surgery and was listed in stable condition in intensive care.
Latest Update: Our Officer is out of surgery, currently stable, and he is in ICU. His family wanted to thank our community and the entire country for praying for him. They ask that you please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
— Joe Gamaldi (@JoeGamaldi) September 13, 2019
The night of violence began at 9:56 p.m. at the Valero station when four black men stole a 2003 Chevy Tahoe, ABC13 reported.
After realizing the vehicle was out of gas when it sputtered to a stop, the men abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.
At 10:10 p.m., one of them pointed his gun at a priest on Meriburr Lane. Miraculously, the gun didn’t fire, so they beat the priest and took two cellphones from him.
The second victim was a woman sitting in a Ford F150. The suspects banged on her window with a gun, ordered her out of the vehicle, then stole her purse and cellphone.
Acevedo said they even asked her to provide the pin number to her debit card.
After receiving two reports of the suspects, at 10:21 p.m., officers in an unmarked unit spotted the men. They started chasing the suspects on foot.
The fire battle began as one of the suspects opened fire on the officer, Chief Acevedo said.
One officer got shot three times and fell to the ground. Another officer arrived at the scene, fired a single round and killed the suspect.
Police arrested two suspects—a 17-year-old male and a 39-year-old male. Acevedo said they both have criminal histories but refused to provide any further information.
The fourth suspect, who was describe as an adult black male, remains at large.
“We’re going to get you. We’re going to find you,” Acevedo told him during the press conference. “So, you might as well come out now, turn yourself in, because it will be much better for everyone and much safer.”