Texas police officer shot in face during chase, suspect dead


A robbery suspect is dead after a Missouri City, Texas, police officer was shot in the face and a foot following a car chase, authorities said.
The Missouri City officer was identified as 29-year-old Crystal Sepulveda, a three-year veteran of the force. Sepulveda was rushed to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery, said Lance Bothel, Missouri City assistant police chief.
“She is a strong officer and she will make it through this,” Bothel said.
The pursuit began after 2 a.m. when officers spotted a stolen vehicle linked to an aggravated robbery call at a gas station, police said. The driver of the stolen vehicle allegedly refused to pull over and led officers on a chase before stopping his vehicle in front of a house
The suspect ran from the vehicle into the backyard of the home and fired at officers, according to authorities. Police said he struck Sepulveda in the head and a foot.
While Sepulveda was being rushed to the hospital, officers set up a perimeter and located the suspect. He shot at the officers, who returned fire, striking the suspect.
The suspect was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police did not immediately release the suspect’s identity.
Police said the suspect had two automatic handguns in his possession when he was shot.
The investigation is ongoing.


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