Police say an officer, in fear for his life, fired a shot at an armed suspect during a robbery attempt at the Radio Shack.
According to Houston Police Department spokesperson Kese Smith, Saturday night, an HPD officer, in uniform, was working an approved extra security job at the Radio Shack located at 1018 Gessner near I-10.
Smith says the officer was staged in a room behind the counter monitoring who was coming into and out of the front door.
Around 8:40 p.m., the officer was talking to the clerk when he witnessed a suspicious male wearing a hoodie come through the front door, says Smith.
Smith says it is believed there were three robbery suspects in the store all together.
Police say that as the officer went to the doorway of the room behind the counter to investigate, he was confronted by one masked suspect.
Smith says the officer and suspect were about six inches apart when the masked individual pointed a gun at the officer.
The officer, fearing for his life, drew his duty weapon and fired one time says Smith. Smith says it is not believed the suspect was struck by the bullet.
Two suspects fled out the back and another fled out the front door and a pistol was recovered at the scene, says Smith. The officer was uninjured.
Police say that as is customary in all officer involved shootings, the case will be investigated by HPD homicide, the district attorney's office and internal affairs.