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Incident at 12915 East Freeway

May 19, 2006 -- Houston police are seeking identities on two wanted robbery suspects after a Houston police officer wounded one suspect who opened fire on the officer at 12915 East Freeway about 2:40 a.m. today (May 19).

The yet-to-be identified wounded suspect, struck by a shotgun pellet, was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital in critical condition. The officer, J.D. Green, 43, was not injured. Officer Green was sworn in as an HPD officer in April 1990 and is assigned to the Northeast Patrol Division.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants L.A. Flores, B.C. McDaniel and Officers T.S. Tyler and E.R. Carstens reported:

Three suspects armed with weapons entered the Northshore Video Store at 12915 East Freeway and detained several patrons and a store clerk. The suspects demanded money and valuables. Police were called and, soon after, Officer Green arrived at the front of the store. Officer Green saw one of the armed suspects leaving the store and ordered the suspect to drop his gun. However, the suspect opened fire at Officer Green, who then returned fire with a shotgun. At least one pellet struck the suspect. Two other suspects fled out the back door of the store and have not been identified or arrested at this time.

Anyone with information on the two wanted suspects is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

As is customary when an HPD officer discharges his weapon in the city limits, the incident is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions and the Harris County District Attorney's office.

JFC/DWR 5-19-06
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For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.