Houston, TX – A Harris County deputy shot a suspect who pinned him between two cars as the deputy was working an off-duty job at a nightclub early Thursday morning.
The incident occurred in the 2400-block of Main Street outside the Playground club at approximately 1:20 a.m. on Sept. 22, KRIV reported.
A group of uniformed Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) deputies were working off-duty security jobs at the club when they spotted a suspicious vehicle out in the parking lot, police said.
At least one of the deputies believed the vehicle was stolen and began approaching the driver, KTRK reported.
But as he got closer, the driver suddenly pulled out aggressively and crashed into the deputy, pinning him between the suspect vehicle and anther car, Houston Police Department (HPD) Chief Patricia Cantu said.
The injured deputy opened fire on his attacker, who subsequently attempted to flee during a failed attempt to force his way out of a closed metal gate, KTRK reported.
The suspect ultimately spun out and stopped, giving deputies an opportunity to pull the driver out of the vehicle, according to KRIV.
After yanking him from the car, they realized the suspect had been shot in the hand.
The suspect and the injured deputy were rushed to a local hospital and were later listed in stable condition, KRIV reported.
The deputy suffered bruising to his leg and knee, but doctors said nothing was broken, according to police.
Investigators said they are still searching for a male passenger who fled the scene during the suspect’s arrest.
The HCSO deputy who was injured in the attack is a member of the department’s Proactive Auto Theft Division, according to KTRK.
He has been with the sheriff’s office for the past 10 years.
Investigators said the incident was captured by the injured deputy’s bodycam, KHOU reported.
The suspect’s identity has not been released and it is unclear what charges he may face.