|Houston police are investigating an incident in which an off-duty Bridge City Police Department Assistant Chief discharged his duty weapon at theft suspects at 1050 Federal Road about 7 p.m. on Wednesday (July 10).
The Bridge City Assistant Chief was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital with minor injuries.
HPD Special Investigations Unit Detectives N. Arellano, J. Villareal, M. Rodriguez and R. Delarosa reported:
A Bridge City Police Department Assistant Chief, off-duty and in full uniform, was shopping at a hardware store at the above address and was alerted to shoplifting suspects. The off-duty Assistant Chief was provided a description of the suspects and their vehicle, and went out to the parking lot to confront them.
Upon making contact with the suspects in the parking lot, the Assistant Chief gave verbal commands to the female suspect (driver) and male (back seat passenger) to stop. The female suspect ignored the commands and intentionally drove toward the Assistant Chief, causing him to jump on the hood of the vehicle to avoid being struck. The female suspect drove through the parking lot and, as she made a sudden turn to drive onto the street, the Assistant Chief was thrown from the hood. As he fell, the Assistant Chief discharged his duty weapon at least one time at the vehicle, but it is unknown at this time if either suspect was struck. The suspects fled the scene in the vehicle. Paramedics transported the Assistant Chief to the hospital.
As is customary in officer-involved shooting incidents in the city limits, this case is being investigated by the HPD Special Investigations Unit.