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Incident at 7900 Garland

February 11, 2005 -- Houston police are investigating an aggravated assault and felony evading arrest that occurred at 7900 Garland on Thursday, February 10, 2005 about 11:20 p.m.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant C. E. Elliott and Officer J. Sosa reported:

Officers of the Houston police Vice and Eastside Patrol Divisions were conducting a "reverse sting" prostitution detail. The suspect, Truc Tran (A/m DOB: 5-15-78), drove up to a female undercover officer and solicited her for a sex date. Once the solicitation case was made, a marked patrol unit approached Tran to arrest him. The undercover officer was standing in the open passenger door of Tran's pick-up truck at the time. Upon seeing the patrol unit, Tran grabbed at the undercover officer and began to rapidly back up. The officer was trapped by the open passenger door of the truck and was being dragged underneath the front wheel. A uniformed patrol officer
commanded Tran to stop. When Tran did not stop, the uniformed officer, fearing for the safety of the undercover officer, fired at Tran. The undercover officer fell away from the vehicle after the shooting and the truck continued down the street with the uniformed officer in pursuit. Tran lost control of his vehicle and jumped out and ran on foot. Tran was captured after a foot chase and placed under arrest. He was also found to be in possession of narcotics.

The undercover officer suffered abrasions and contusions and will be treated by a physician. Tran has been charged with aggravated assault on a public servant and felony evading in the 228th State District Court.

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For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.