HOUSTON – A deadly shootout happened between police and robbery suspects in North Houston. Police say five guys robbed an “Affordable Furniture” store at a strip center off of the Northwest Freeway.
When the robbers walked out police were waiting for them and that’s when they exchanged gunfire. Two of the suspects were shot and killed at the scene.
A third was taken to the hospital.
No officers were hurt in the exchange of gunfire and the other two suspects have been arrested.
The two suspects in custody, Lontay Lavelle Young, 32, and Ross Anthony White-Leonard ,25, are charged with aggravated robbery in the 339th State District Court. The third suspect, Barry Jones, 23, was wounded and currently at Memorial Hermann Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, but is also facing charges.
The identities of the two deceased suspects are pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. Photos of the suspects are not available at this time, pending further investigations.
(From HPD Press Release) HPD Homicide Division Officers C. Sharp and M. Arrington reported:
North Patrol Division Tactical Unit officers were investigating a crew of robbery suspects, which led them to a vehicle in the parking lot in front of the Affordable Furniture Store at the above address. When officers found the vehicle, they observed it was not occupied and believed the suspects were in the commission of a robbery. Officers began setting up tactical positions in the parking lot. As officers were approaching the furniture store, the suspects exited the store and began engaging the officers. Officers observed the suspects fleeing the location were armed with guns and actively engaging the officers. Officers discharged their weapons at the suspects, striking four of the five suspects. Two suspects were pronounced dead at the scene, one suspect (Jones) was transported to an area hospital and one suspect (White-Leonard) was treated on the scene for a minor grazing gunshot wound. Suspect Young was not injured.
Since this incident involves an HPD officer involved shooting, the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions are investigating along with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.