POSTED: Friday, November 1, 2013 - 4:07pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 1, 2013 - 4:10pm
"I was born to be a protector, I always have been a protector."
CNN — A Texas police officer didn't let a bullet to the face stop her from doing her job.
Undeterred, she went on a high-speed chase after a car full of suspects and it was all caught on dash-cam.
This dramatic dash-cam video shows the terrifying moments right after Stafford Police Officer Ann Carrizales made a routine traffic stop around 4:00 a.m., Saturday.
As she approaches the car, a passenger suddenly pulls out his gun and shoots her twice, according to police.
One bullet hit her police vest, the other pierced her face.
Wounded and in serious pain, police say she managed to return fire before getting back in her car and pursuing the suspects in a high-speed car chase.
Despite her injuries, Carrizales, a former Marine, chased the suspects for seven minutes through the streets near Houston.
"I was born to be a protector, I always have been a protector," said Carrizales. "I was shot by the driver side passenger."
The chase ended when the three men in the car ran into an apartment building.
The alleged 21-year-old shooter, Sergio Rodrigues, was taken into custody. Police say the other two men on the run are 28-year-old Freddy Henriquez, a suspected gang member considered to be armed and dangerous, and a man who goes by the name Daniel Cruz.
As Carrizales got out of her cruiser, other officers rushed to her aid. The bullet, apparently, went straight through her cheek and she was rushed to the hospital. She is now recovering at home with her family.
"I just want to give myself some time to relax and kind of feel the beauty of life that I was blessed to have," said Carrizales.
Incredibly, Carrizales was well enough to go trick or treating with her kids last night.
Meantime, there's a $10,000 reward for each of the wanted men.
If you have any information you're asked to call the Crimestoppers of Houston.