Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted early Friday that “we are hopeful as to our officer’s condition” and that the department would release more information later that morning.
The shooting happened about 10:30 p.m. in southeast Houston, leaving the five-year police veteran shot three times and one suspect dead, KTRK reported. Two other suspects were arrested and another remained on the loose.
Acevedo told the station the violence came after a carjacking by the suspects. The 2003 Chevy Tahoe the four suspects took at gunpoint ran out of gas and they abandoned the vehicle, the station reported.
The police chief told the station the suspect then held up a priest at gunpoint. The gun jammed when one of the men attempted to shoot the priest, who was then beaten and robbed of his cellphone. The priest’s medical condition was not immediately known.
Officers in an unmarked car later confronted the suspects and shots were exchanged, KTRK reported.