PORTER, Texas — Two men are on the run after attempting to rob a Montgomery County deputy and seriously injuring him in the process at a gas station in Porter, investigators said.
The officer was walking with a bag of ice out of the Shell gas station on Sorters Road at Summer Hills around 6:30 p.m. Saturday when he was attacked, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said. Investigators said the men approached the officer, kicking him to the ground and attempting to blindfold him.
Investigators said the deputy was off-duty and wearing plain clothes.
The office said surveillance video captured a crowd of customers watching in horror as the assault took place. The deputy's wife was sitting in the passenger seat of the couple's truck when she saw her husband being attacked. The woman pulled out a pistol, jumped out of the truck and ran to her husband's rescue.
Seeing the gun, officers said the attackers ran to a red GMC pickup truck with a extended cab. That's when the deputy drew his weapon and began firing, investigators said.
The wife and deputy shot several rounds at the men as they drove off, the office said. It isn't clear whether the couple hit any of the men, but the truck was struck.
The deputy was taken to Memorial Northeast Hospital in Humble with his jaw broken in two places, several missing teeth and other facial injuries, investigators said. The officer has since been released, but is expected to return to the hospital for surgery once the swelling goes down.
The Houston Police Department found the GMC hours later near Homestead Road, on the northeast side of town. It turns out the truck had been taken in a carjacking several days earlier, investigators said. No word if the driver was injured in that incident.
Many of the customers that were present left the gas station without giving a statement to investigators. MCSO, the Texas Rangers and Montgomery County District Attorney's Office is now asking anyone who may have witnessed the attack to come forward.