The Houston Chronicle via YellowBrix
June 09, 2009
HOUSTON, TX – A tense, nearly nine-hour SWAT standoff ended early this morning after police dogs forced a woman suspected of shooting a retired Houston police officer to surrender at a home in the Montrose area near downtown.
Charges are expected to be filed against the woman, who identity has not been released. However, police said she is the wounded officer’s cousin and she shot him with his own handgun.
The standoff began about 7 p.m. Monday about thirty minutes after the woman fired several shots at retired officer R. Jones at his mother’s home in the 1400 block of Marconi, said Jodi Silva, a Houston Police Department spokeswoman.
Jones was wounded in the arm and taken to Ben Taub General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Silva said. No other shots were fired.
It’s not clear why the woman fired at Jones, although family members told police that she had a history of mental illness.
SWAT negotiators tried to coax the woman outside, but she refused. Then they sent canine units in to the home. The woman suffered several lacerations as the dogs helped bring her out of the house.
Silva said the woman had moved into the home about two weeks ago. Jones and several other relatives were at the home visiting his mother at the time of the shooting.
Silva said that Jones had gone to visit his mother and taken his handgun in to the home in a duffel bag. He put the bag in a small room in the home.
At some point, his cousin took the gun out of the bag. When Jones went into the room, she fired at him, hitting him twice. One bullet grazed his arm and the other lodged in his upper arm. The bullet was removed at the hospital, Silva said.
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