Houston Police Officer Survives Ambush-Style Attack During Foot Pursuit

Houston Police Officer Survives Ambush-Style Attack During Foot Pursuit

A Houston Police officer is recovering in the hospital after being shot multiple times during a foot pursuit in the 6900 block of Harwin Drive early this morning.

Sergeant M. Valle, a 17-year veteran of the department, was hit in the arms, legs, and his protective vest, according to Chief Troy Finner. Despite the ambush-style attack, Sergeant Valle is expected to recover from his injuries.

The incident unfolded around 1 a.m. in the 7000 block of Harwin, where Sergeant Valle and two other officers from the Crime Suppression Team identified a suspect believed to be involved in multiple burglaries and an aggravated assault. The suspect, driving a silver car, then led the officers to the 5800 block of Parkersburg, where he and a female companion exited the vehicle and began casing businesses.

Chief Finner reported that while Sergeant Valle was searching for the suspect on Harwin, he was fired upon multiple times in an “ambush-style attack” through his passenger side window.

Despite being wounded, Valle managed to exit his vehicle and return fire, ultimately striking the suspect.

The assailant fled the scene but was located a short time later around the corner of a nearby building. Police administered first aid, but the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

As per protocol, the Houston Police Department will conduct both criminal and administrative investigations into the incident, and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office will also conduct its own investigation.