HOUSTON – A man opened fire on two police officers Saturday, injuring them as part of a two-hour episode that began at a downtown Houston bus station and ended with the suspect found dead in a parking garage three blocks away, officials said.
A Greyhound ticket agent checked the baggage of an unidentified man about 5:15 p.m., saw an exposed handgun butt and alerted an off-duty police officer working security at the station, Houston police spokesman John Cannon said.
Officer Fernando Meza followed the man outside, demanded his bag, then used a Taser in a failed effort to subdue the man, Cannon said. The man opened fire with a semiautomatic handgun, wounding Meza in the hand.
The gunman darted across the street to a McDonald’s restaurant where he encountered Officer Timothy Moore. There, his first gun empty, the man pulled another gun from his bag and fired at the 12-year police force veteran, wounding him in the leg, Cannon said.
Witnesses said they saw the man apparently bleeding as he fled.
Officers found the unidentified man dead with a gunshot wound to the head at 7:05 p.m., Cannon said.