Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in connection with an incident in which an HPD officer discharged his duty weapon at 4100 North Freeway (North Interstate Highway 45) about 12:45 a.m. on Oct. 18.
The suspect, Arlis Richard Russ (w/m, 55), is charged with aggravated assault against a public servant in the 209th State District Court. A photo of Russ is not currently available.
No officers were injured in this incident.
HPD Homicide Division Police Officers C. Liu and M. Arroyo reported:
Officers assigned to the HPD North Patrol Division observed several traffic violations by a motorist. When they attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the motorist fled. During the pursuit, the driver struck a parked private ambulance and came to a stop. As officers attempted to detain the suspect, he began backing the vehicle toward the officers. At that time, one officer, fearing for his and his fellow officers safety, discharged his duty weapon more than once. It is unknown if the suspect was struck as he then fled in the wrong direction down the service road. His vehicle then struck a fence and came to a stop a second time. He then fled on foot and remains at large.
Further investigation led to the identification of Russ as a suspect in this case and earlier today (Wednesday, Nov. 5) he was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals Service without incident.