HOUSTON, Texas – Two men fleeing in a Chevy Impala from a crime scene fired on two Texas cops. The Houston police officers returned fire after seeing muzzle flashes. No one was struck by the gunfire and the two suspects were stopped and captured a few blocks away from the scene.
Two officers working as part of a drug initiative pulled into an alley behind a nightclub that is a known drug trafficking area. The Texas cops heard gunshots and were directed to the alley by witnesses who pointed them in the direction the shots came from, according to ABC13-KTRK in Houston. When the officers entered the alley they observed the white Impala speeding towards them. An armed security guard was running along the driver’s side of the Impala with his gun drawn.
Officers observed the flash of gunfire coming from a man sitting in the passenger seat of the car. Fearing for their safety, the two officers returned fire. No one was hit and the Impala sped away and the suspects abandoned the vehicle shortly after the shooting. The occupants of the vehicle were arrested a short time later, according to the Houston Chronicle. One of the suspects still carried a handgun when police arrested him.
Victor Senties, a spokesman for the Houston Police Department, told the Chronicle they do not currently know why the security guard was chasing the car or what caused the initial gunshots the officers heard before entering the alleyway.
The shooting took place outside the Pincipe Azul nightclub in Southwest Houston early on Tuesday morning. The investigation into the shooting continues.
The officers involved were identified as two-year HPD veteran M. Falcone, and a five-year veteran L. Salamanca.
The shooting occurred about ten days after the execution-style murder and three days after the funeral of Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth.
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