A Houston Area Police Officer Killed in a Shootout

Published 12/24 2012 05:17PM

Updated 12/24 2012 05:42PM

A Houston area police officer was shot and killed during a shootout with a suspect in a parking lot today. 

Investigators said the Bellaire officer was chasing a suspect when they drove into the parking lot of a Maaco body shop this morning. 

Witnesses said the suspect got out of his vehicle and began firing shots. The officer exchanged gunfire but was hit, police said, and the suspect continued shooting. A bystander was then shot and killed. He died at the scene. He was an employee of the auto shop. 

The suspect was wounded and taken to another hospital in critical condition. Bellaire police said the chase started when the suspect would not pull over during a traffic stop.

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