Houston police are investigating an incident in which an off-duty HPD officer discharged a weapon at a burglary suspect in the 5600 block of Flamingo Drive about 2:10 a.m. today (March 28).
It is unknown if the suspect who fled the scene was struck.
The officer who discharged her weapon was not injured.
HPD Special Investigations Unit Detectives R. Lujan and G. Garcia reported:
Officers were dispatched to the above street to a burglary of a motor vehicle in-progress call. The officers were met by an off-duty HPD officer who advised a suspect was attempting to burglarize her vehicle. The off-duty officer observed the suspect to have an object in his hand. The off-duty officer retrieved her duty weapon and confronted the suspect, who had now placed his hands in his pocket and turned toward the off-duty officer. It was at this moment that the off-duty officer feared for her safety and discharged her weapon. The suspect then fled the scene.
The suspect is described only as a black male in his early 20s, about 6 feet 1 inch tall with a slim build. He was wearing a gray hoodie, sweat pants with a red stripe and black Nike flip-flops.
Responding officers learned that there were several other vehicles that were burglarized on the same block.
Anyone with information on the identity of the wanted suspect is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.