Deputy shoots driver who tried to run him over in north Harris County

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A deputy shot and injured a driver in north Harris County Sunday night, after the motorist apparently tried to run over the deputy.

The deputy had been headed to an unrelated call in the 8700 block of Airline Drive when two people stopped him, said Deputy Thomas Gilliland with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

One of them – a woman – told the deputy she had gotten in a fight with the man with whom she was in a romantic relationship. He had hit her several times, she said.

The man’s Jeep was parked nearby, so the deputy went to confront the man. But the man ignored the deputy’s calls to get out of his car, and instead drove toward the deputy. The deputy was unable to get out of the way of the Jeep so he shot at the car, hitting it several times on the driver’s side, Gilliland said.

The man fled. He headed north on Airline until he was stopped at West Gulf Bank by Houston Police Department officers who took him into custody.

Local television stations report the incident happened shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday.

The man has two gunshot wounds – one in the buttocks and one in the lower leg.

As of Monday morning, he was in stable condition. He faces potential charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer, Gilliland said.

The woman who flagged down the officer was uninjured in the shooting, but did have injuries from her fight with the man.

Officials are investigating the incident and the deputy’s role in the shooting. As is standard with all shootings, the deputy will be placed temporarily on administrative leave, Gilliland said.

The names of the deputy and the suspect have not been released at this time.

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