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HPD Officer Discharges Weapon While Apprehending Alleged Teen Auto Thieves, One Rifle-Wielding Suspect Still at Large

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Two teens are in custody and another is still being sought by police after an incident Sunday night that involved a stolen van, a brandished rifle and one officer firing at a suspect.

The incident took place in the 16000 block of Clarke Springs in Fort Bend County. According to a report from police, HPD patrol officers attempted to pull over a van believed to be stolen. The driver refused to stop and eventually drove off the road and into an area behind 16031 Clark Springs.

Before the officer could exit his patrol vehicle, several suspects got out of the van and began to flee on foot. One of the suspects allegedly pointed a rifle in the direction of the police car, at which time the officer shot at the suspect but did not hit him. The suspect fled on foot.

Two suspects whose names have been withheld because they are juveniles were taken into custody on the scene. One male suspect, 15, was determined to be the driver of the vehicle and was referred to Juvenile Probation on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and felony evading in a motor vehicle by the Fort Bend County DA's office. The other male suspect, 15, was also referred to juvie on a charge of evading on foot. The armed suspect is still at large and has not been identified by police.

The officer who fired, M. Rivera, was sworn in as an officer in March 2009 and is assigned to the Southwest Patrol Division. As with all incidents of officer-involved shootings, the case is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs divisions.

Anyone with information on the suspect still at large is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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