A Humble police officer who was shot in the chest Wednesday after a robbery turned into a chase, left the hospital all smiles.
KPRC Reporter Sofia Ojeda was there to greet him with a big hug and ask him if he was OK.
"They didn't get me," officer Cliff Goddard said after raising a thumb to KPRC 2 cameras.
According to police, the incident started after officers were called just before midnight to a home on North Avenue D for a report of a robbery.
The caller told police the suspects got away in a black Chevy Camaro. Goddard spotted the car on the way to the home and tried to pull over the driver, police said. Instead, the driver sped away, leading Goddard and other officers on a short chase, according to police.
The chase ended when the suspected robbers crashed the car into a parked vehicle in the parking lot of a Pappas Bar-B-Q on Highway 59, police said. The passenger was arrested, but the driver ran across Hwy. 59 into the parking lot of Taqueria Arandas, police said.
According to investigators, officers used a Taser to try to arrest the driver, but were unsuccessful.
Police said when officers continued to run after the man, he pulled out a gun and started shooting at the officers. Goddard was shot in the chest and arm, police said. Two other officers returned gunfire, hitting the man in the pelvic area, police said.
According to investigators, Goddard, who was not wearing a bulletproof vest, drove himself to Memorial Hermann Northeast Medical Center while the other officers arrested the suspected gunman.
Goddard was listed in stable condition.
His mother and sister said when he was shot a bullet went through his chest and came out of his arm. Goddard didn't require surgery or stitches. Doctors placed bandages over his wounds and released the 47-year-old officer.
The robbery suspect was taken to Ben Taub Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was taken into surgery and was in stable condition.
The Humble Police Department and Harris County District Attorney’s office are investigating the shooting.
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