Despite being shot in the chest and face during a traffic stop, a Stafford police officer is able to return fire and pursue the gunman. Police are crediting her bulletproof vest in saving her life.
Stafford police say that around 3:38 a.m. Saturday, Officer Ann Carrizales performed a traffic stop on a vehicle occupied by three male suspects, in the 12700 block of Murphy Rd.
According to police, Officer Carrizales approached the vehicle and was talking to the driver when she was shot in the chest and face by a passenger in the vehicle.
Despite her injuries, officials say, Officer Carrizales was able to return fire at the vehicle as it fled the scene. Officer Carrizales was able to return to her patrol car and pursued the suspects into Houston.
The pursuit ended in the area of Greenfork Dr. and Concourse Dr. where responding units from Missouri City, DPS, Sugar Land and Houston assisted with establishing a perimeter around this area.
Officers were able to locate the suspect's vehicle and the shooter was detained.
Officials say Officer Carrizales was transported to Memorial Herman Hospital in the Medical Center where she is in stable condition and being treated for her injuries.
Officer Carrizales has been a member of the Stafford Police Department since August 30th, 2010.
Officers credit her "ballistic" vest with saving her life.
Charges are pending against the suspect and investigators say they have identified the driver of the vehicle.
If you have any further information that would aid in this investigation, you are encouraged to contact Detective Henry Garcia at 281-208-6991.