Officers fatally shoot chase suspect in east Harris County

CCprY3FUgAAYnwo-300x277A police chase ended this afternoon in east Harris County after the suspect wrecked his car and then fatally shot by Houston police officers, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

HPD officers were conducting an operation near U.S. 59 and Crosstimbers when they SAW a late model Chrysler making unsafe lane changes, HCSO reported. A marked patrol unit pulled vehicle over but the driver sped off and a chase ensued.
The chase ended at Wallisville Road and North Castlegory in east Harris County when the suspect crashed into two vehicles, according to HCSO.
Two HPD officers in pursuit exited approached the suspect’s car and ordered him to show his hands. As the officers were approaching, the suspect got out of his vehicle, turned toward the officers, then got back inside of his car.
The officers, believing the suspect was reaching for a weapon, and in fear for their life and those of citizens nearby, discharged their weapons into the vehicle, striking the suspect multiple times.
The suspect, whose identity has not been released, died at the scene.
HCSO’s homicide unit, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and HPD internal affairs will investigate the shooting.
Neither officers were hurt.
One of the drivers in the vehicles hit by the suspect was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. The second driver was treated at the scene and released.
The intersection of Wallisville and Castlegory remains closed.

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