The following statement was released by the Conroe Police Department at 1:15 a.m.
On July 31, 2013, at approximately 7:20 pm, Conroe Police dispatch received a call from Walmart loss prevention officers, located at 1407 N. Loop 336 W, advising that they were attempting to detain a shoplifting suspect. The suspect ran from loss prevention officers, who pursued him. An off duty Conroe Police Sergeant observed loss prevention officers chasing the suspect. The Conroe Police Sergeant asked the loss prevention officer what had occurred, and the loss prevention officer advised that the suspect had stolen items from the store. The Conroe Police Sergeant assisted loss prevention in the chase and pursued the suspect into a wooded area southwest of Walmart. Once in the wooded area, a violent struggle between the suspect and the sergeant ensued. During the struggle, the suspect began choking the sergeant to the point the sergeant feared he would lose consciousness. The sergeant, fearing for his life, then fired his weapon, striking the suspect. The suspect, who died at the scene, was identified as 19 year old Russell Rios. The Conroe Police Sergeant was treated and released from an area hospital with minor injuries. He will be placed on administrative leave, per agency protocol, until the conclusion of the investigation.