A Houston police officer shot a possible robbery suspect at a Walmart Wednesday, Jan. 8.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Walmart in the 9200 block of N. Sam Houston Parkway near Humble after an off-duty HPD officer witnessed an armed robbery attempt while she and the male suspect were in the customer service line.
The shooting happened around 2:40 p.m. at the Walmart, which is located on Beltway 8 near Wilson Road.
During the attempt, authorities said, the suspect walked up to the customer service desk with a shotgun and was in the process of robbing an employee when the off-duty officer realized what was going on.
The off-duty officer fired her weapon, injuring the man.
According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, the robbery suspect was conscious and alert after being shot. The off-duty officer performed CPR on the suspect after he was disarmed. The suspect was taken to Ben Taub Hospital.
During a news conference after the shooting, Houston police officials said the off-duty officer was a 17-year veteran of the department but didn't identify her by name.
"She did the right thing. She took the right course of action and took matters into her own hands," Harris County Sheriff's Office Major Tony Huynh said.