Baby struck by police gunfire while sitting in back seat of car when officer opens fire


Baby in back seat of car is hit by police bullets and left in critical condition as officers shoot dead fleeing robbery suspect who was trying to carjack vehicle at Houston gas station

  • Houston police had engaged in a late night chase on Wednesday involving a Mercedes Benz that was suspected in at least two aggravated robberies
  • When the driver crashed his getaway car, he tried to steal a car belonging to a mother who had just been filling her gas tank up at Chevron gas station
  • Responding officers noticed that the man had a gun and told him to drop the weapon but he refused
  • An officer with 15 years in the department fired several bullets into the vehicle, striking the man and the baby
  • The man succumbed to his injuries and died 
  • While police say that the baby was grazed by a bullet, police officials said the baby was in critical condition at the hospital

A one-year-old child who was sat in the back of its mother’s car has been critically injured by police gunfire after an officer opened fire on a robbery suspect who was trying to carjack the vehicle at a Houston gas station.  

Houston Police Department Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner said officers had been chasing a Mercedes Benz that was suspected in at least two aggravated robberies

The chase began just after 11.23pm on the 10200 block of Sugar Branch in Houston and proceeded along Beltway 8 and then the Southwest Freeway. 

But after three miles the driver crashed his getaway car into a Chevron gas station off Beechnut, jumping out of the vehicle. 

The man rushed to the mother, who was pumping gas at the station, and attempted to take her vehicle. The one year old was sitting in the back seat at the time.

Responding officers noticed that the man had a gun and told him to drop the weapon but he refused, Finner shared.  

An officer with 15 years in the department fired several bullets into the vehicle, striking the man and the baby. The cop had been unaware that the baby was in the backseat. 

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Houston police had engaged in a late night chase on Wednesday involving a Mercedes Benz (pictured left) that was suspected in at least two aggravated robberies

When the driver crashed his getaway car, he tried to steal a car belonging to a mother who had just been filling her gas tank up at Chevron gas station

When the driver crashed his getaway car, he tried to steal a car belonging to a mother who had just been filling her gas tank up at Chevron gas station

While police say that the baby was grazed by a bullet, Finner stated during the press conference that the baby was in critical condition at the hospital.

Police tried to administer first aid to the suspect at the scene but he succumbed to his injuries and died, Finner added.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative duty, as per protocol.

Investigators will look at body camera and surveillance footage to analyse the events around the shooting. 

Finner shared that the veteran is distraught and ‘deeply concerned about this baby.’ 

‘Our entire city prays for that one year old and that mother,’ Finner said at the press conference. 

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