Attempted Capital Murder of HPD Officer at 9191 North Loop East

August 27, 2009 - Houston police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two suspects wanted in the attempted capital murder of an on-duty Houston police officer at 9191 North Loop East about 4:55 p.m. on Wednesday (Aug. 26).

The suspects are described only as black males, both about 6 feet tall.  The first suspect is believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s and had a light blue towel around his neck.  The towel was recovered outside the bank.  The second suspect, wearing a white baseball cap, is younger, believed to be in his early 20s.  One of the suspects might have suffered a gunshot wound as both fled the bank on foot and then possibly in a newer model silver or gray Pontiac Grand Prix.  Surveillance photos of the two suspects, including the first suspect with a gun in his hand pointed at the officer, are attached to this news release

Officer P. L. Marquez Jr., who discharged his duty weapon, was sworn in as an officer in June 2008 and is assigned to the Northeast Patrol Division.  Officer Marquez was not injured in this incident. 

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant C. Howard and Officer J. Robles reported: 

Officer Marquez was working an approved extra job at the Amegy Bank at 9191 North Loop East when the suspects entered the bank and approached two tellers.  Both suspects then held the tellers at gunpoint and attempted to rob the bank.  Fearing for the safety of the employees and himself, Officer Marquez drew his weapon and attempted to protect the employees.  One of the suspects then turned towards Officer Marquez and attempted to shoot him.  There was an exchange of gunfire and it is believed one of the suspects was wounded.  Neither the employees nor the officer were injured in this incident. 

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

As is customary in officer-involved shootings occurring in the city limits, this case will be investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. 

Inc. #125342709

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

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