HOUSTON – A traffic stop turned into a fatal shooting on Christmas Eve when a gunman killed a police officer and bystander in the parking lot of a Houston body shop, police said.
The confrontation followed a chase that began shortly before 9 a.m. Monday when the suspect sped off in his car rather than pull over as an officer had requested, Houston police spokesman John Cannon said. As the suspect fled, he sideswiped a white truck, which also took off after him, he said.
The suspect and the white truck eventually pulled into a nearby Maaco body shop, where Bellaire Police Department Cpl. Jimmie Norman approached the vehicle. Cannon said an argument apparently erupted, and the suspect pulled out a .380-caliber handgun and shot Norman.
The saddest thing is that the officer, who is deceased, didn’t have the opportunity to pull his weapon and defend himself, Cannon said. It happened that fast.
A man then walked out of the body shop, and the suspect shot him, Cannon said.
Other officers arrived at the scene, where they found Norman lying on the ground and the suspect next to him, holding a gun, he said.
They are immediately fired upon, and those two officers then returned fire, Cannon said.
The suspect was shot but fled on foot, Cannon said. He hid under a parked truck, but officers followed a trail of blood and arrested him.