Houston, TX – A Houston police officer is in critical condition after he was shot responding to a fight over a parking space on Monday.
The incident occurred at about 11:15 a.m. on July 5 in the 200-block of Northpines Drive near Loop 494 in Kingwood, KPRC reported.
Police said a woman called 911 and reported that a man had spit in her face during a parking dispute.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said officers responded to the scene, talked to the woman, and then went to the man’s apartment to try to talk to him and get a statement, KHOU reported.
Chief Finner said that as officers stood in the doorway, the man came out and opened fire on them.
The gunman fired at officers multiple times, KRIV reported.
The chief said one of the officers was shot in the arm and the abdomen, KHOU reported.
“He was struck at least twice in the arm. I think in the abdomen, and I think the vest protected that,” Chief Finner said.
The other officer reacted quickly and was able to restrain and arrest the 26-year-old suspect, according to Chief Finner, KHOU reported.
Neither of the officers fired their weapon at the gunman, KPRC reported.
“Our officers did not fire, they did not have time to fire,” the chief said. “Hand-to-hand, when you’re close in, you don’t even have a chance to draw a weapon.
The wounded officer was transported to HCA Kingwood Hospital for treatment, KHOU reported.
HPD commanders & PIO en route to @HCAHouKingwood after one of our officers was shot by a suspect at 200 N. Pines Drive. Prelim info is officer was shot in the arm & taken to hospital. The suspect is detained.
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) July 5, 2021
Update on Houston police officer shot at an apartment complex on Northpines. He’s in critical but stable condition. Chief Finner says the officer was responding to a disturbance call…a man & woman arguing over a parking place. The man allegedly spat in the woman’s face. #khou
— The Bishop (@BillBishopKHOU) July 5, 2021
Chief Finner said the officer’s vest helped protect him but that he remained in “stable but critical” condition in the hospital, KPRC reported.
“Everyone, prayers for him for a speedy recovery,” the police chief said, according to KHOU. “We spoke with the wife, and she’s holding up good, but she needs prayer. Her entire family needs prayer.”
Chief Finner has not yet publicly identified the wounded officer, KHOU reported.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the wounded officer is an 11-year veteran of the Houston police force, KPRC reported.
Turner said the officer is married and has three children.
Join us in praying for a Houston police officer who was shot in the line of duty while responding to a disturbance call. The 11-year veteran officer is being treated at an area hospital.
— Fort Worth Police OA (@FWPOA) July 6, 2021
The suspect, who was arrested at the scene, was not injured during the incident, KPRC reported.
Chief Finner said there was bodycam of the shooting, but that he hadn’t seen it yet.
The police chief said the investigation would be coordinated by a special investigative unit of Houston Police Department and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, KPRC reported.
Police have not yet released name of the suspect who shot the officer, KHOU reported.
Chief Finner said the suspect would be identified after charges had been filed against him.