A 17-year veteran of the Houston Police Department thwarted a robbery attempt Wednesday at the Walmart on Beltway 8 at Wilson Road.
HOUSTON — An off-duty Houston police officer who shot an armed robbery suspect Wednesday in northeast Harris County is being heralded as a hero.
The shooting happened around 2:40 p.m. at the Walmart on Beltway 8 near Wilson Road.
During the attempt, authorities said, the suspect walked up to the customer service desk with a gun and was in the process of robbing an employee when the off-duty officer realized what was going on.
The off-duty officer engaged with and shot the robbery suspect, authorities said.
The officer was not injured in the incident.
The officer is being heralded as a hero for doing what she did. Authorities said she potentially saved lives by pouncing into action.
“She did the right thing. She took the right course of action and took matters into her own hands,” Harris County Sheriff’s Office Major Tony Huynh said.
According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the robbery suspect was conscious and alert after being shot. The off-duty officer performed CPR on the suspect after he was disarmed. The suspect was taken to Ben Taub Hospital.
During a news conference after the shooting, Houston police officials said the off-duty officer was a 17-year veteran of the department but didn’t identify her by name.