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HPD shooting: Officer shot outside Exxon gas station during traffic stop in Southeast Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – A Houston police officer was fatally shot at a gas station in southeast Houston on Wednesday morning while conducting a traffic stop, police said.

Police say the shooting happened around 11:20 a.m. at 14800 Gulf Freeway near Astoria.

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said officers were conducting a traffic stop on a suspect who had an active warrant for his arrest. Once officers arrested the suspect, they asked him to get out of the car. A few words were exchanged and when the suspect got out of the car he started shooting at the officers.

At that time, the officers returned fire to the suspect and shot him several times. The suspect was taken to hospital in critical condition, Finner said.

One of the police officers was injured in the pelvis and slightly injured in the chest. Finner credits the officer’s ballistic vest and flashlight with saving his life.

The second officer was not injured in the shooting.

The suspect’s name was not released but Finner described the suspect as a white male between the ages of 23 and 25.

SkyEye video showed a heavy police presence at the Exxon gas station at the intersection, and bullet holes in the windshield of a black van parked at a pump.

At the scene, ABC13 reporter Erica Simon saw a handgun and shell casings on the ground outside the truck.

Two lanes of the feeder road were blocked off as police investigated the shooting.

13 Investigations revealed that 21 law enforcement officers were killed in shootings in 2022 in the United States

Previous data found showed that as of this date in 2021, 20 officers had been killed.

Regarding injured police officers, the data shows that 133 police officers were injured by gunshots. As of this date in 2021, approximately 100 officers have been injured.

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