HOUSTON – A man impersonating a police officer attacked a 28-year-old woman Sunday morning while she was parked in her driveway, in Houston.
Meagan Ward said the man was wearing an officer uniform and pretended to be a cop before attacking her.
"I thought I was going to die, and then I thought he was going to shoot me anyways,” Ward said.
The violent attack left the victim with broken teeth, cut lips and bumps on her head.
Ward said she was sitting in her car in her driveway when the violent attack happened.
“I noticed a white truck pull up behind me, kind of blocking my car,” Ward said.
She said a man wearing a uniform walked up to her window with a flashlight and asked for her driver's license. Instead, she told him to call his supervisor, and that's when the imposter pulled out a gun.
“He said, 'Give me your (expletive), (expletive),' and that's when I realized he wasn't actually a cop,” she said.
After Ward refused, the man became more agitated, she said.
“He said, 'I'm going to shoot you. Give me your purse,'" she said. "And he gave me a three, two, one countdown, and at one, I asked him not to do that.”
Ward said her attacker started beating her face and head with his flashlight.
“And then I heard the gunshot. I could smell the residue and ringing in my ear,” she said.
The bullet hit the roof of the car — missing Ward by a few inches. Ward said the man took off, but she followed him to get his license plate number.
“He would stop and fire his gun at me. He shot three more rounds,” she said.
The man got away with Ward's purse and her peace of mind. She is now looking for a new place to live and hopes to go back to working her two jobs.
“It's just really hard having that violation,” she said.
Ward said between the truck lights and the flashlight, it was hard to get a description of her attacker.
She described the man as a heavyset, white or Hispanic man with a buzz cut and said he was driving a white early 2000 pickup truck.