Photos: Texas patrol car riddled with bullets after man opens fire with ‘AK-47-style’ rifle
The suspect began shooting at police after they attempted to stop him for driving erratically
By Ashley Silver
HOUSTON — Photos shared by the Houston Police Department reveal the shocking aftermath of a shooting that left a patrol car riddled with bullet holes.
KHOU News reported the incident began when Houston police identified a car going at a high rate of speed, running stoplights and driving erratically. As officers attempted to pull over the driver, the suspect threw an unidentified item from his window in the direction of police. The man eventually lost control of the vehicle, smashing into a nearby tree.
The driver then began shooting at police through his windshield using a "AK-47-style" style rifle, according to HPD Assist. Chief Wyatt Martin. Two officers returned fire, hitting the suspect several times.
The suspect - armed with an AK-47 style rifle - opened fire on officers and their patrol vehicle (below).— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) November 17, 2022
Thankfully, our officers were not struck.#hounews https://t.co/sHDUy6S0Al pic.twitter.com/toV8vC1ekn
"These officers were very lucky. If you see the front of their vehicle, the suspect was firing from inside his vehicle, and he struck their vehicle numerous times in the hood and in the windshield,” Martin told KHOU News. “The officers were very lucky that they were not hit.”
Two police officers were uninjured in the shooting. The driver, who was shot in the arm and leg, was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.