HOUSTON — A man who injured two Houston police officers before killing himself following a weekend shootout was wanted in San Francisco in connection with a shooting there last year that hurt three people, officials said Monday.
Jesse Brown, 20, might have been on the run since the California shooting on Halloween night, said Houston police spokesman John Cannon.
"We're trying to determine how long he had been in the Houston area," Cannon said.
Police in San Francisco issued a warrant for Brown's arrest following the October 2010 shooting at a public housing complex, said department spokesman Officer Albie Esparza. The gang-related shooting injured three people, including a 3-year-old girl.
Brown was traveling to Marietta, Ga., on Saturday when a Greyhound ticket agent in Houston saw an exposed handgun butt in his baggage and alerted an off-duty police officer working security at the city's bus station.
In the shootout that followed, Brown exchanged gunfire three different times with a total of four officers: once outside the bus station, a second time at a McDonald's restaurant across the street and a third time near a parking garage two blocks away.
Officer Fernando Meza, who initially tried to use a Taser outside the bus station to subdue Brown, and Officer Timothy Moore, who with another officer confronted Brown outside the McDonald's, were shot and injured. Meza was wounded in his hand and Moore in his leg, and both officers were treated and released from a Houston hospital.
Cannon said Brown shot Meza with one semiautomatic handgun and dropped it outside the bus station. Brown then pulled out a second handgun from his bag to shoot at Moore, he said.
Brown, who had been shot in his side, then went into the parking garage. He was found around 7 p.m. in a stairwell on the fourth level after SWAT officers searching the structure heard a single gunshot.
"He suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head," Cannon said.