Officer, innocent bystander shot, killed by suspect

Published On: Dec 24 2012 11:43:30 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 24 2012 06:30:18 PM CST
Jimmie Norman
HOUSTON -

A Houston-area police officer and an innocent bystander were shot and killed when a suspect opened fire in a southwest Houston parking lot Monday, officials said.

Investigators said the shooting happened outside a Maaco body shop in the 5600 block of Bellaire Boulevard at Alder at 8:55 a.m.

Officials said the Bellaire officer was chasing a suspect when they drove into an auto shop parking lot. The suspect got out of his vehicle and began firing shots, authorities said.

"The guy stands up out the car and just starts shooting. The gunshots continued even as I ran off. After the first 10, I was thinking, 'What kind of gun does this guy have?'" witness Stephanie Pacheco said.

The officer was hit and the suspect continued shooting, investigators said. An innocent bystander was then shot and killed. He died at the scene. He was an employee of the auto shop.

Officials said the officer was taken to Ben Taub Hospital, where he died. The officer's and victim's names were not released.

The suspect was arrested at the scene.

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