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A gunman shot three police officers in Houston amid a savage car chase through the city that ended with him barricading himself in a home on Thursday, police said.
The three injured officers were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and are in stable condition, authorities said at a news conference.
“All three officers are in good spirits, everyone was talking,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told reporters after meeting with officers at Memorial Hermann Hospital.
Arrested and Charged
The gunman was arrested after an hour-long standoff at a home in Houston’s Fifth District on Thursday night. He gave up and left the house with his hands up at 7:45 p.m.
The suspect had a gunshot wound to the neck, authorities said.
Police were called to a house on Trolley Street at 2:42 p.m. for an unspecified disturbance, but a man inside saw the police officers and ran from the house. He sped away in a car before crashing on McGowen Street in the city’s Third Ward, Police Chief Troy Finner said.
As police got out of his vehicle, the man opened fire with what is believed to be an automatic weapon, striking the three officers, Finner said. One police officer was hit in the leg, another in the arm and the third in the foot, authorities said.
Police returned fire, then the man stole a white Mercedes and sped away with other officers in pursuit. He eventually hid in a house on Lockwood Avenue where he again exchanged gunfire with officers, Finner said.
The man was believed to be alone in the house as the area had been evacuated. Police were trying to negotiate with the shooter to get out of the house and the SWAT team in tactical gear and a vehicle were seen outside, KHOU-11 reported.
The station identified the shooter Roland Cabellero, citing law enforcement sources. Caballero had been arrested earlier this year on armed robbery charges, according to the station.
The police chief said he was frustrated by the continuing violence after a week in which two Houston-area sheriff’s deputies were killed in the line of duty.
“No more excuses everyone, take an active role and turn heads by doing what you can to combat gun violence in our city. Period,” Finner said. “It’s really not a difficult thing: for bad and dangerous people there is a place for them, and that is in jail.”
The mayor said he and the chief will outline a new campaign against the rise in violence next week.
“I ask everyone to pray for the officers who were shot and for every law enforcement officer who works on the streets of Houston,” Turner said in a statement provided to The Post. “We live in dangerous times, and it will take all of us working together to make our city safe.”