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Video: Man charges at Texas LEOs with knife after being shot 7 times

Although the suspect was wounded, he continued to threaten on- and off-duty law enforcement with a knife


Houston Chronicle

SPRING, Texas — A carjacking suspect was shot multiple times by a deputy and an off-duty Houston police commander near Spring, according to officials.

Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman posted a tweet saying deputies received a call of a suspicious person at the Popeyes restaurant on Holzwarth Road near Cypresswood at about 5 p.m.

Once deputies arrived, the suspect ran off and attempted to carjack several people in the area, according to Herman.

"[Deputies] chased him from the Popeyes to the Home Depot all around the area,” said Herman. “They tried to [Taser] him several times and were unsuccessful.”

He said the suspect then ran into a nearby LA Fitness and ran out, pulling out a knife when deputies approached him.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said an off-duty commander happened to be inside the gym as the incident was unfolding and jumped into action to help capture the suspect.

“It was him and his wife, he’s actually married to a sergeant,” explained Acevedo. “She was here as well. You’re never really off-duty when you’re a police officer. We’re a family and a brotherhood. When one officer is being threatened, [our officers’] mindset is that they’re going to go to the assistance of the community.”

Both the deputy and the off-duty commander shot the suspect multiple times. Video obtained by ABC13 shows multiple law enforcement officials chasing the suspect through a parking lot as the suspect was wielding a knife.

The suspect was sent to the hospital. Acevedo said he believes the suspect is expected to survive.

The deputy suffered an injury to his wrist, according to Herman.

The incident remains under investigation.