EAST COUNTY– A Splendora Police Officer is in critical condition following an early morning on-duty crash with an 18-wheeler while assisting in a search for a gunman who fled the scene of a shooting.
Just after midnight, the shooting occurred off of Roberts Road between FM 1485 and Loop 494 in New Caney. Several patrol units responded along with medics, where they found someone shot in the stomach. The shooting victim was transported by EMS.
Officers learned the shooter fled the scene in a black SUV. Several units began searching for the vehicle. Precinct 4 Deputy Constables spotted the vehicle in the Peach Creek Subdivision off of FM 1485. The vehicle passed them. They turned around and caught up to it and learned the passenger, who was also the shooter, had bailed out and ran into the woods.
Police set up a perimeter with multiple units from the area assisting the Sheriff’s Office. Several units were patrolling FM 1485 searching for the suspect.
At 1:44 a.m., a Splendora officer was westbound on FM 1485 at Roberts Road when a Navajo 18-wheeler turning westbound off of Roberts Road pulled out in front of him. The Splendora patrol unit slammed into the trailer, disconnecting the trailer from the truck.
The Splendora officer was trapped in the vehicle for about 15 minutes until he could be cut out by New Caney firefighters.
The officer was flown by air ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston in very critical condition.
The driver of the 18-wheeler sustained minor injuries and was transported to the Kingwood hospital.
FM 1485 and Roberts Road reopened around 5:30 a.m.
Additional information will be posted later.
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