HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A burglary turned deadly when one of the suspects fell out of a U-Haul truck during a chase Tuesday morning.
Houston police say it started around 12 a.m. in the 9800 block of Bauman Road at Sunny’s Food Mart. Authorities say a female suspect waited in a U-Haul as three men entered the store.
Authorities say the suspects used bolt cutters to cut open the lock of the store. Surveillance video from the scene shows them carry beer, T-shirts and smoke paraphernalia into the U-Haul. The suspects tried to use the same cutters and tried to open the ATM but failed.
An off-duty officer at the scene witnessed the burglary and called officers.
When additional officers arrived at the scene, three suspects in the U-Haul truck had already taken off. After moments of searching, officers found the truck and a chase began.
The chase led officers through the neighborhoods in the area. According to police, one of the suspects jumped out of the U-Haul during the chase and was taken into custody. The suspects continued the chase down the service road at North Main Loop and I-45.
A second suspect was reportedly hanging out of the vehicle when he fell off and was run over by the back wheels of the U-Haul.
Police officers were able to stop the truck after deploying spike strips. A woman who authorities believe was the suspected driver was taken into custody.
Officers added that one of their supervisors suffered a medical emergency during the chase. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover.
Police say the two suspects will likely be charged with felony murder, among other charges, due to the death of the accomplice.
A reported fourth suspect was at the scene, but police did not immediately give information on that person.