Suspect dead, deputy shot in Houston-area shootout
POSTED: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 7:20pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 12:17pm
HOUSTON — A drug-trafficking suspect is dead and an undercover deputy is hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the leg after an undercover drug operation ended in a shootout near Houston.
Harris County sheriff's spokeswoman Christina Garza says the 1:30 p.m. Monday shootout capped an undercover surveillance of a tanker truck in the northwestern Houston suburbs. Garza says other vehicles drove up and persons inside opened fire. Several suspects were arrested, but Garza had no specific number.
No identities have been released, but Garza says the deputy was expected to recover.
Meanwhile, a school bus struck two vehicles, including a car driven by a deputy racing to the wounded undercover officer's assistance. Deputy Thomas Gilliland says the deputy and two other drivers were treated for minor injuries. The bus driver was alone.