Officer shoots young woman in hand after short car chase

Reportedly, the officer saw “something shiny” and shot at the woman. Luckily, the officer only hit her hand.  

Aug. 14, 2007, 8:48AM
Woman shot in hand by HPD after car chase

Police shot a female motorist in the hand after a short pursuit that began with an attempted traffic stop early today, officials said. The chase ended at an apartment complex in the 7300 block of N. Wayside.

The 18-year-old woman, whose name was not available, was being treated at Ben Taub General Hospital this morning for the hand injury, which occurred at about 1:30 a.m.

An officer shot the woman after she failed to follow repeated commands to get out of her car and the officer thought he saw something shiny in her hand when she did follow orders, police said.

“The officer said he got out of his patrol car and kept giving the female verbal commands to get out of the vehicle, to show her hands,” said HPD spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Sandoval.

The woman remained in the car, moving around inside and “acting erratic,” Sandoval said.

“The door opened and the officer saw her make a quick move around and he saw something shiny, and that’s when he thought she had a weapon in her hand,” Sandoval said.

The officer fired once and the bullet struck the woman in the hand. Sandoval said she was not certain which hand was hit. She said that no weapon was found during a later search in and around the vehicle.

A man who was in the car ran from it as soon as it stopped but was found later in the apartment complex, Sandoval said. The officer who chased the passenger was in the pursuing patrol car but did not witness the shooting.

Charges in the case are pending, Sandoval said.

The incident began on Homewood, about 15 blocks north along Wayside from the apartment complex, Sandoval said. Two officers were in the patrol car.

“The officer observed the passenger open the door and throw something out,” Sandoval said. “We don’t know what that was but they initiated, or tried to initiate, a traffic stop.”

The driver turned onto Wayside and ended up at the apartment complex at 7373 N. Wayside, Sandoval said.

Houston homicide investigators were called to the scene.

kevin.moran@chron.com

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