Houston, TX – A deputy constable’s wife and four-year-old stepdaughter were shot during a home invasion early on Sunday morning.
The incident occurred just after 2:20 a.m. on June 20 in the 2200-block of West Dallas Street near Montrose Boulevard, KTRK reported.
Houston police said the deputy constable and his family were asleep in their residence when someone broke in.
The deputy constable woke up and confronted the intruder and they exchanged gunfire, KTRK reported.
The deputy constable’s wife was shot in the leg and his stepdaughter was shot in the arm.
Houston police responded quickly to an “officer assist” call for a male suspect wearing all black and armed “with a shotgun and some kind of assault weapon,” KTVT reported.
The deputy constable told police he thought he had shot the suspect and a blood trail leading away from the apartment seemed to confirm that, according to officials.
A manhunt for the gunman started immediately but it wasn’t until late on Sunday afternoon that they got a tip on his whereabouts, KTRK reported.
Working off that tip, officers located the suspect at about 5:40 a.m. in the 500-block of West Greens Road near Antoine Drive.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said SWAT officers were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on the suspect when he opened fire on them, KTRK reported.
The suspect fled in his vehicle but only went two blocks before he started shooting at police again.
Then he crashed into a tree and opened fire on the officers for a third time, KTRK reported.
Officers returned fire and shot the suspect multiple times.
The suspect – who has been identified only as a 27-year-old Hispanic male – was transported to the hospital in critical condition, KTRK reported.
Chief Finner said the suspect’s family had been cooperating with investigators and that the suspect had a history of mental illness.
On Sunday, the police chief said that the deputy constable’s wife was “okay” and that the four year old had required surgery and was in stable condition at the hospital, KTVT reported.
Police said they have no idea why the gunman chose the deputy constable’s residence.
Investigators have not yet determined whether the deputy constable, who has worked for Harris County Precinct 1 for three years, was targeted or if the home invasion was a random act, KTRK reported.
“We don’t know anything, what’s the motive of this, if it was targeted or what, all we know is he forced entry.” Chief Finner explained.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing, KTRK reported.