Houston, TX – A female Houston police officer suffered multiple gunshot wounds during a gunfight with an armed attacker on Friday night.
The incident began at approximately 11:51 p.m., when Houston police attempted to stop a white Mercedes-Benz SUV for a traffic violation on Beltway 8, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said during a late-night press conference.
“The suspect vehicle immediately attempted to evade arrest, and a pursuit ensued,” Chief Acevedo explained.
Officers briefly lost sight of the suspect vehicle after the SUV drove over curbs and barriers that the officers’ low-lying patrol vehicles couldn’t cross, but it was spotted by a wrecker driver in the 10100-block of Forum Park Drive just minutes later.
The wrecker driver called 911, and officers immediately responded to the location.
Houston Police Officer Kevin Smith and Officer Israel Maldonado pulled up to the suspect vehicle on one side, while Officer Jasmine Selle “boxed” the suspect in on the opposite side, according to the chief.
When they arrived, a “male white adult” got out of the SUV with a revolver in his hand, he said.
Police repeatedly ordered the suspect to show his hands, but he refused, and opened fire on Officer Selle, Chief Acevedo told reporters.
Preliminary investigation indicates that the gunman likely fired “a couple” of rounds at Officer Selle, hitting her twice in the right arm, he continued.
“Despite being struck in the right arm, she was actually able to return fire, along with the two male officers,” the chief said.
The gunman collapsed to the ground, but retained his grip on the revolver.
The officers were ultimately able to take the wounded suspect into custody, and immediately applied a tourniquet in an effort to stop his bleeding.
They also administered CPR when the gunman stopped breathing, but the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene a short while later, Chief Acevedo said.
Officer Selle, a two-and-one-half-year veteran-of-the-force, was rushed to a local hospital by her fellow officers.
She was treated and released from the hospital several hours later, KTRK reported.
“I’m just very glad that she’s alive, and that her…wounds appear that she will be able to recover,” Chief Acevedo said. “Again, this illustrates the dangers faced by police officers in our city and our country…In the last few weeks, we’ve had a lot of officers murdered, killed by gunfire, and we’re just very fortunate tonight that this young officer…is going to be okay.”
The investigation into the officer-involved shooting is ongoing, and all three officers have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome.
Footage of the attack was captured by the officers’ bodycams, the chief confirmed.
“I’m amazed, after reviewing these videos, at how well she kept her composure…and stayed in the fight,” Chief Acevedo told reporters.
He praised all three officers for how they handled the threat, as well as the attempts they made to save the gunman’s life after the shootout.
“I think it speaks to the heart of our officers,” the chief said. “They went into lifesaving mode, which I think just speaks to the professionalism and the training of the men and women of the Houston Police Department.”