Armed Bank Robbery Suspect Wounded by Deputy 14561 Northwest Freeway

January 19, 2010 - Charges have been filed against a bank robbery suspect wounded by a Harris County sheriff's deputy at 14561 Northwest Freeway (U.S. Highway 290) service road about 12:25 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 15).

The male suspect, 22, sustained more than one gunshot wound and was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital in stable condition.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, R. Smith, who discharged his duty weapon, was not injured.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant A. Carrillo and Senior Police Officer H. Chavez reported:

Deputy Smith was working an extra job at the Vista Bank when the suspect entered the bank wearing a ski mask and gloves and holding a gun. The deputy confronted the suspect and ordered him to drop his weapon. Instead, the suspect turned toward the deputy with the gun in his hand. The deputy then discharged his weapon, striking the suspect. The deputy ordered the suspect to stay on the ground, but the suspect refused to comply and walked out of the bank with the deputy following him. The suspect then reached inside his clothing. The deputy, fearing that the suspect was reaching for another weapon, discharged his weapon, striking him. The suspect fell to the ground and remained there until HPD units arrived and took the suspect into custody. The gun recovered at the scene was found to be a realistic looking fake gun.

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

JKS/JFC 1-19-10
Inc. # 006814210

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

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