HOUSTON, TX – Three police officers were shot in Houston on Thursday afternoon following a pursuit. The suspect was barricaded in a home for hours before finally being taken into custody.
Around 2:40 pm on Thursday, a man police identified as 31-year-old Roland Caballero took off from police in the 1500 block of Trallee Street as they were arriving to investigate a disturbance call. Police followed the vehicle he took off in.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said that Caballero crashed his vehicle at McGowen Street and Hutchins. When police caught up with him, Caballero immediately started to shoot at them.
Officers fired back, but during the shootout, Caballero managed to shoot all three of them. It’s unknown at this time whether Caballero was hit.
As soon as he could get out of the car, Chief Finner said, Caballero carjacked another car at gunpoint, taking the white Mercedes Benz. He led police on another pursuit at that point, stopping at a home he barricaded himself in, which was located in the 1800 block of Lockwood.
Police say he fired at officers a second time during the standoff, but no one was hit at that time.
According to sources who spoke with ABC13, Caballero was shot during the standoff. The Chief, however, would not confirm that.
The three officers shot at the original location were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, with one officer being sho tin the arm, one in the leg, and one in the foot.
ABC13 also reported that police said the firearm used by Caballero may have had an auto-switch on it, transforming a one-shot per trigger pull Glock pistol into an automatic or semi-automatic firearm.
Watch the video below of the chilling shooting scene.
It’s important to note that two of the officers could have stayed relatively safe if they had stayed by their car around the corner. Instead, they advanced forward, towards the gunshots, to help out the third officer and to get this danger to society off the streets.
The officers are nothing short of heroes.