Houston area police officer, innocent bystander killed in shootout

Houston area police officer, innocent bystander killed in shootout

Credit: KHOU

The shooting occurred just before 9 a.m. in the 5600 block of Bellaire Boulevard. The crime scene carried over onto the property of a neighboring business.

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by KHOU.com staff

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 24, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 24 at 1:33 PM

HOUSTON —- An officer with the Bellaire Police Department was fatally shot during an altercation with a suspect near a southwest Houston business, police said Monday morning.

The Houston Chronicle reported the officer's death.

The shooting occurred just before 9 a.m. in the 5600 block of Bellaire Boulevard in Houston, TX. The crime scene carried over onto the property of a neighboring business.

The Bellaire Police Department confirmed the shooting took place, but details as to how the officer and the suspect ended up in the City of Houston were not immediately known. At least two others, including the suspect, may have been shot as well. One death was reported at business, which is an auto paint and body shop.

The wounded officer was sent to a local hospital, where reports indicate he died.

Views from Air 11 showed at least a dozen bullet casing markers on the ground.

Witnesses told KHOU 11 News the shooting was preceeded by a car chase. Officers, traveling at a high rate of speed, were said to be trying to pull over a Honda.

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