Hitchcock cop shoots fleeing suspect after being hit, police say

HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — A Hitchcock police officer shot and killed a suspect who was being pursued at high speed early Sunday morning after he was struck by the suspect’s vehicle in the Heights area.

Around 1:15 a.m., investigators said an officer tried to stop a driver in a white Dodge Challenger at a traffic stop on Highway 6 near Monroe.

The driver refused to stop and, according to HPD chief Wilmon Smith, led the Hitchcock police and Galveston County sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase.

The suspect reportedly stopped several times and pretended to stop, but then drove away.

The pursuit led to I-10 into Houston, where the suspect turned onto N. Shepherd Drive in the Heights area and stopped.

According to Smith, a Hitchcock police officer got out of his vehicle and approached the suspect’s car.

Smith said the suspect bolted and hit the officer, who fired his gun at the car, hitting the suspect in the shoulder.

The challenger stopped near the parking lot of Nundini’s Chef Table.

Investigators said the officer and the suspect were taken to the hospital, where they are expected to recover.

It is not known if the suspect was impaired or why he fled from police in the first place.

Investigators have not released his identity and are not currently aware of any outstanding warrants.

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