Police fire shots at suspect who stole and crashed police cruiser

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NORTHWEST HOUSTON - One man is hospitalized, one man in custody and one Houston police officer is wondering why he left his patrol car unattended with the keys inside. The story begins with a stabbing outside a Northwest Houston nightclub called Faces, around 2:30 this morning.

According to John Cannon, an HPD spokesman, two officers from the Northwest patrol division were dispatched to investigate a stabbing at a nightclub at 1453 Witte. When they arrived they found a man outside in the parking lot who had been stabbed more than once. He was taken to a nearby hospital and was in serious condition.

Witnesses told the officers the victim had been in a fight with another man at the club. After the stabbing, they said, the suspect ran into a nearby apartment complex. The officers drove to the complex and pulled into back parking lot to look for the man. When they spotted someone matching the description, which included a bleeding hand, one of the officers got of the squad car and told him to stop. But the man ran away. The officer ran after him. Hi partner, according to Cannon, ran in a different direction to intercept the fleeing suspect.

During the chase, the first officer saw the suspect climb into the squad car and tried to stop him. But the man drove away toward the other officer. That officer, Cannon said, feared for his safety and opened fire on the suspect. The gunshots did not wound anyone and the suspect continued to flee by speeding out of the parking lot.

Shortly after, the suspect lost control of the patrol car and crashed into a ditch nearby. The officers took him into custody. Because of the cut on his hand, Cannon said the man was taken to a nearby hospital.

No officers were hurt. and police are investigating the stabbing. So far, no word on what sparked the fight or if the suspect and victim knew each other. But the entire series of events are all under investigation.

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