HOUSTON — The wife and 4-year-old stepdaughter of an off-duty Harris County deputy constable were wounded early Sunday in a suspected home invasion at their Texas apartment, police confirmed.
Update 10:20 p.m. ET June 20: The suspect in the incident was in critical condition and undergoing surgery Sunday night after exchanging gunfire with members of the Houston Police Department’s SWAT team as they prepared to serve a warrant for his arrest, KTRK reported.
Houston police chief Troy Finner told the TV station that the suspect, who has been identified publicly only as a 27-year-old Hispanic man, fired on officers and drove off before firing on them again two blocks away.
Finner said the suspect then crashed into a tree, exited the vehicle and fired a third round of bullets at officers, who returned fire, striking the suspect multiple times, KTRK reported.
Finner confirmed that no officers were injured in the shootout.
Original report: According to Houston police, the deputy and his family were sleeping when someone broke in at around 2:20 a.m., resulting in an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the deputy, KTRK reported.
Houston police chief Troy Finner said during a news conference that the child was shot in the arm, and her mother was shot in the leg.
The child, who underwent surgery Sunday morning, was listed in stable condition, the TV station reported.
The deputy constable told investigators that he believes he hit the suspect during the shootout, and a blood trail leading away from the apartment was discovered, Finner stated.
The suspect, who remained at large Sunday evening, was carrying a shotgun and an assault rifle, the police chief told KHOU.
Police do not have a clear description of the suspect but did confirm that he is a man, standing about 5 feet 5 inches tall and was wearing all black, the TV station reported.
A motive in the shooting has not yet been determined.
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