Joshua Edward Williams Shoots at Cop, Faces Charges

A man has been arrested and charged with shooting at a cop on the northwest side Tuesday night, police say.

Joshua Edward Williams, 23, faces charges of aggravated assault against a police officer, and also suffered a non-life-threatening injury in the shootout, HPD says.

Police say they responded to a burglary-in-progress call in the 6000 block of Black Maple about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday...

...and saw a speeding vehicle coming from the vicinity of the call. Officers then initiated a brief pursuit. As the vehicle stopped in the 5900 block of Black Maple, three male suspects immediately exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

Officers exited their patrol vehicle and, as they began to pursue the suspects on foot, the driver of the suspects' vehicle intentionally drove toward one of the officers and struck him. The officer was knocked onto the hood of the vehicle and then to the ground. The vehicle then fled the area.

An officer then chased Williams on foot and, the report says, was fired upon several times but not hit.

The HPD officer, four-year veteran M.P. Enriquez, took cover and repeatedly ordered Williams to drop the weapon and surrender, HPD says, but the shots kept coming.

"Fearing for his life, Officer Enriquez discharged his duty weapon and struck the suspect in the leg," HPD says. "Williams continued to be combative, but was eventually taken into custody and transported to the hospital."

The case will be investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions, as well as the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

Anyone with information on the identities of the three wanted suspects is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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