HOUSTON (CBS Houston) According to officials with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, investigators charged one of four suspects in the deputy involved shooting that happened Sunday, August 12.
Authorities charged 17-year-old John Alexander with aggravated assault on a peace officer. “Deputies responded to the business at around 10:30 pm, after the security company observed the four suspects back a stolen pickup truck to the front gate,” stated officials with he Harris County Sheriff’s Office.”When deputies arrived the suspects were in the process of loading stolen parts and containers from the business into the truck. The first patrol unit was in front of the suspect vehicle when the driver accelerated and struck the vehicle. A second unit had pulled in the driveway in an attempt to block their exit. Alexander then reversed and drove forward repeatedly striking the patrol units. Deputies ordered him to stop but he refused. The deputies, in fear of their safety, discharged their weapons at the suspects’ vehicle.”
Further reports indicate that Alexander was taken to Ben Taub Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. “A second suspect was captured in the vehicle,” added authorities. “He is a 13 year-old male. Two other suspects fled into the salvage yard. They were able to escape the perimeter, but investigators are confident the suspects will be located.
HCSO authorities also stated that all three deputies involved in the shooting were placed on a mandatory five day administrative leave, which is customary procedure.
“This deputy involved shooting as per protocol is being investigated by the Office of Inspector General and the Internal Affairs Bureau. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office will also conduct an investigation,” stated HCSO.