Fleeing robber shot dead; turns West Loop, feeder into crime scene

Three hours after a robbery suspect was shot dead near Bellaire by Houston police Thursday (Feb. 1) morning, the West Loop and feeder roads were still snarled by the investigation, as news helicopters buzzed overhead midday.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, briefing reporters at the scene at 5475 West Loop South, said the incident began about 8:30 Thursday morning when the suspect robbed an Exxon station on South Post Oak, firing several rounds — but not hitting — the female clerk who followed him to capture his image on video.

Considered armed and dangerous, he fled north on the West Loop where Bellaire police spotted him, and he crashed into another vehicle near Fournace Place in Bellaire. Acevedo said with his vehicle disabled, the suspect brandished his weapon at several drivers, trying to carjack them without success before fleeing onto the feeder road. Police chased him into the parking lot of a strip center, where the Home Depot is located — right across the street from the Houston Community College campus and Houston ISD Challenge Early College HS.

According to Acevedo and eyewitnesses, an officer fired at the man several times, and he fell near the Boudreaux’s restaurant. Bellaire firefighter-paramedics were unsuccessful in saving him.

The chief said despite the rush hour on the highway, the busy center, and the arrival of students at the college and high school campuses, the only injury in the incident was as a result of the initial vehicle collision and was not serious.

(Based on video from ABC-13.com)

Aerial view of the scene of a police shooting Thursday morning at the West Loop South feeder near Fournace in Bellaire. (ABC-13)

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo briefs the media on Thursday’s fatal shooting of an armed robbery suspect near Bellaire. (ABC-13)