Katy’s drivers spend hours on the freeway; Police chase ends with suspect caught by Lifeflight

ByDavid M. Conte

Aug 6, 2021

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August 6, 2021

By Natalie Cook Clark

Yesterday, several law enforcement agencies closed the Katy Expressway near Mason Road. Katy’s drivers say they are stranded for up to two hours. A road check turned into a police chase. It ended in a gunshot wound to the driver’s head.

Lifeflight lands on Katy Freeway near Mason Road as the suspect is shot in the head. Photo credit: Jason Tharp.

A routine traffic stop turns into a police chase

An assistant attempted to stop the vehicle with 3 people inside at 2605 Katy Fort Bend Road. The normal traffic stop quickly turned into a police chase that ended at the Katy Expressway eastbound, near Mason Road.

“The driver was shot to the head and was caught in a rescue flight,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. “Two others were taken into custody.”

Suspect on two criminal bonds

The suspect and the driver were on bail for fatal driving and unloading a firearm. The reason for the traffic stop is unclear, but the pursuit was led by the Houston Police Department. Other agencies quickly responded to offer assistance.

Katy’s Harris County ESD 48 Fire Department was one of the on-scene agencies offering assistance.

“Teams responded to a police chase that ended on the eastbound lanes of the Katy Freeway near Mason Road,” said Jason Tharp, community harm reduction and PIO division chief with fire of ESD 48.

Photo credit: Jason Tharp

The investigation is ongoing

The agency brought in Motor 1 assisted Medic 1 as well as Supervisor 3 with patient care while Battalion 1 set up a landing zone for Life Flight.

Sheriff Gonzalez said no MPs were injured in yesterday’s incident.

Houston Police report they believe the driver shot himself. This incident is still under investigation. The driver is listed in critical condition.

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