A jewelry store robbery in the Houston, Texas, area escalated into a highway car chase and gunfight ended with the getaway driver dead, and a deputy and a suspect shot, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Harris County Precinct 4 Deputy Allen Hartman, 43, was shot twice and taken by helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he underwent surgery and was in fair condition, the newspaper reports.
Stephanie Hall, 32, the woman thought to have driven the car involved in the robbery and the gunbattle, was shot and flown to Memorial Hermann, where she was pronounced dead, the newspaper reports.
Chaderick Duane Moore, 31, accused of robbing the store, sustained two gunshot wounds and underwent surgery at Memorial Hermann, the newspaper reports. He was listed in fair condition.
Moore, who had four outstanding felony warrants when taken into custody Saturday, is charged with aggravated assault of a public servant with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years or life in prison, the newspaper reports.
Officials reportedly said Moore, wearing a mask and armed with a laser-sighted pistol, entered a Zales in northwest Harris County on Texas 249 and Spring Cypress on June 18, around 11:15 a.m. and ordered three female employees to place jewelry from display cases and the contents of a safe into a large duffel bag.
He reportedly fled in a late-model, black Lincoln LS driven by a woman. They headed eastbound on Beltway 8. Several miles down the highway, officers from Precinct 4, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Houston Police Department tried to stop the car.
While officers were trying to stop the vehicle in the 12200 block of the beltway near Lake Houston Parkway, someone in the Lincoln opened fire, the newspaper reports. Bullets went through the windshield of Hartman’s car, striking him twice in the right shoulder area. Hartman did not shoot back, officials reportedly said.
The driver of the Lincoln tried to run over at least one deputy, and as the car sped away, at least two Precinct 4 deputies returned fire, officials reportedly said, adding that Moore kicked out the back windshield of the Lincoln, lay over the rear deck and the top of the trunk and opened fire at deputies with a semi-automatic rifle.
As the Lincoln approached C.E. King, at least one Precinct 4 deputy stopped in a patrol car at the intersection in front of the Lincoln opened fire, officials reportedly said.
That was likely when the driver was hit, officials reportedly said.
The Lincoln turned westbound on C.E. King, veered off the road, into a grassy area, and stopped, the newspaper reports. Officials reportedly said she likely stopped the vehicle because of her injuries; the car was not disabled. The newspaper reports that the gunbattle went on for about two miles.
Moore got out of the Lincoln, was arrested and taken to the hospital by ambulance, the newspaper reports.
Officials investigating the scene found a duffel bag with jewelry’ inside the Lincoln, the newspaper reports.