Texas Deputy's Wife, 4-Year-Old Stepdaughter Shot During Home Invasion

An off-duty Texas deputy's wife and 4-year-old stepdaughter were shot after a gunman forced his way into their home and opened fire, police said.

Officers responded to a call to assist an officer in the 2200 block of West Dallas Street in Houston at about 2.20 a.m. on Sunday, Police Chief Troy Finner told reporters at a news briefing.

Finner said the deputy constable, who has been with the department for three years, reported that a suspect had forced entry into his apartment and started shooting.

Police Chief @TroyFinner Media Briefing on Shooting at 2210 West Dallas https://t.co/Sar6I4CSDF

— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) June 20, 2021

The Houston Police Department tweeted that preliminary information indicated that the suspect had barricaded himself in the apartment. But the department said the suspect wasn't located when SWAT officers searched the home.

The suspect, dressed all in black, was armed "with a shotgun and some type of assault rifle," Finner said.

"He shot several times into the apartment, striking the deputy's wife in the leg, and also his 4-year-old stepdaughter was hit in the arm," he added.

The deputy constable's wife "is OK," Finner said, and the girl needed surgery, but is reportedly in a stable condition.

Finner said an investigation was underway to determine the motive for the shooting.

"We don't know anything of what's the motive of this, we don't know if it was targeted or what, all we know is he forced entry," Finner said, adding that the deputy constable at one point exchanged gunfire with the suspect.

UPDATE: Our SWAT officers just searched an apartment where the shooting occurred and the suspect was not located.

We will have a media briefing from the scene in about 30 mins. #hounews https://t.co/dKmNfqJmdd

— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) June 20, 2021

"At some point, the deputy exchanged gunfire with him. He feels that he struck the suspect," Finner said. "There is a separate blood trail."

Finner described the suspect as a Hispanic male and around 5 feet 5 inches tall. He urged the public to contact police if they know of anyone matching the suspect's description seeking medical treatment.

"We really need to get this guy in custody," he added.

Asked why there was such a significant police presence in front of the apartment complex on Sunday morning, Finner told reporters: "Whenever we have an officer-involved shooting, it's always going to be a large presence.

"One of our deputies, their family members are a victim of a shooting, anytime a citizen gets shot in Houston, let alone a deputy's or officer's family, it's something we take seriously, but a lot of investigation has to go along with it."

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