Houston Police Officer Shot at 800 Northwest Mall

February 25, 2008 - One robbery suspect remains at large and charges have been filed against another suspect arrested following a shooting at 800 Northwest Mall in which a Houston police officer was wounded and a suspect was killed about 11:20 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 22).

Suspect James Andrew Montemayor (H/m, DOB: 3-6-87) is charged with aggravated robbery in the 337th State District Court. He was located and arrested at a business at 1702 West Loop North shortly after the shooting. The deceased suspect is identified as Marcus Anthony Alvarez (H/m, DOB: 3-21-86) of 4622 Daisy Meadow in Katy.

The wounded officer, Osvaldo R. Gutierrez, is in stable condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg. Officer Gutierrez, assigned to the Westside Patrol Division, was sworn in as an officer in July 2006. He, along with two other Houston police officers, Andrew Egras and Noe Juarez, discharged their weapons at the suspects. Neither officer was hurt. Officer Egras was sworn in as an officer in December 2003, while Officer Juarez joined the department in September 1995.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant W. Anthony and Senior Police Officer R. Chappell reported:

The suspects robbed a victim in the parking lot of the El Chaparral nightclub at 800 Northwest Mall. Officers working an extra job at the nightclub were notified and attempted to approach the suspects. At that time, the suspects opened fire on the officers, striking Officer Gutierrez. All three officers returned fire, killing one suspect.

A short time later, witnesses identified Montemayor as one of the fleeing suspects. He was taken into custody without incident.

The third suspect was driving a four-door green Cadillac STS and was seen dropping off Montemayor and Alvarez in the parking lot prior to the shooting.

Anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of the final suspect and/or the vehicle is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

JFC/VHS 2-25-08
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