Of­fi­cer, by­stander killed in shoot­ing

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - — HOUS­TON CHRON­I­CLE

A Bel­laire po­lice of­fi­cer and a by­stander are dead af­ter a mo­torist opened fire fol­low­ing a traf­fic stop Mon­day morn­ing in the 5600 block of Bel­laire near Alder, au­thor­i­ties said. The sus­pected gun­man was wounded.

John Can­non, spokesman for the Hous­ton Po­lice De­part­ment, said the of­fi­cer, iden­ti­fied as 53-year-old Cpl. Jim­mie Norman, stopped the driver of a black Honda for a traf­fic vi­o­la­tion on Jes­samine near Maple Ridge.

The driver sped away, Can­non said, and Norman gave chase. The ve­hi­cle turned into the drive­way of a body shop at 5625 Bel­laire. Norman fol­lowed the Honda into the shop’s park­ing lot about 8:50 a.m.

The mo­torist shot Norman, a 23-year veteran, be­fore the of­fi­cer could draw his weapon, au­thor­i­ties said. Then he fa­tally shot an un­named by­stander, be­lieved to be the body shop man­ager, who came out­side when he heard gun­shots.

Two other Bel­laire of­fi­cers ar­rived and were fired upon. The two of­fi­cers re­turned fire, hit­ting the sus­pect.

The sus­pect, who was found with a .380 cal­iber hand­gun, was taken to Me­mo­rial Her­mann Hospi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. His iden­tity was not im­me­di­ately re­leased. Doc­tors told in­ves­ti­ga­tors he is ex­pected to sur­vive.

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