Authorities say one deputy was shot and three other deputies were injured during a shootout with a suspect in northeast Harris County overnight.
Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman has identified the deputy that was shot as Christopher Gaines, a 2-year deputy assigned to the East District Patrol Division in Humble.
Herman told ABC13 deputies responded to a disturbance around 2 a.m. at a home on Saratoga Woods Lane in the Eagle Springs subdivision
A man with a shotgun came out of the house and started shooting at deputies, who fired back. At least 3-4 deputies shot at him. The suspect was hit.
Gaines was shot in the lower half of his body multiple times. He was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital Downtown, where he had surgery.
Constable Herman gave an update at the hospital saying that Gaines is in a lot of pain.
He has several buckshots lodged in or near his bones, so doctors are trying to determine whether to remove the shots. Gaines will likely have a long road to recovery.
His family has been notified.
Officials say a second deputy, Deputy Faniyi, was hit in the head with what they believe to be a shot gun pellet. He was taken to a hospital in Humble where he received nine stitches to his head.
A third deputy received minor injuries while ducking for cover during the gunfight. He was evaluated and released from a Humble hospital. A fourth deputy took cover during the shooting and was treated for minor injuries as well.
“I am very humbled and honored to work with these heroes who bravely stood together and not only protected a fallen deputy, but also put down this suspect when he engaged them in a gun battle,” Herman said.
The suspect was also taken to Memorial Hermann where he was being treated in a room right next to Deputy Gaines.
“The suspect ironically is in the same room right beside him. The suspect was shot, I believe the nurse said 22 entry and exit wounds. He is still alive,” said Herman.
The suspect’s name has not yet been released, but the district attorney plans to charge him with four counts of aggravated assault on a police officer.
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