HOUSTON (AP) -- A police officer has died in Houston after a driver who refused to comply with a traffic stop crashed his vehicle then opened fire Monday.
A bystander was also fatally shot, according to Houston police spokesman John Cannon.
The officer, with a police department from the Houston enclave of Bellaire, died at a hospital, Cannon said. He did not release the names of the officer or the bystander.
Cannon said the incident began just before 9 a.m. when the officer tried to pull over the suspect's vehicle. The driver instead sped away and the officer chased after him.
"During the pursuit apparently the suspect's vehicle struck a white pick-up truck," Cannon said.
After the crash, the officer approached the vehicle and the suspect opened fire. The officer fired back. The second man who was killed worked in a body shop near where the shooting took place, Cannon said.
Other police officers meanwhile captured the suspect, who also was shot, Cannon said. He was taken to a hospital where he was in critical condition.
The Houston police department and the Harris County District Attorney's office are investigating, Cannon said.