DAILYKENN.com -- A registered sex offender was arrested for shooting a police officer in northeast Houston, Tex.
Officer Jason Rhodes, 32, took a bullet in the arm Tuesday while responding to a robbery in progress.
Rhodes took note of two individuals standing outside a Family Dollar Store who appeared to be preparing for a robbery.
The officer was shot during the pursuit.
"The black man, he fell down after he jumped the gate and he shot the police officer," witness Alexandra Celestine said.
Sources have identified one of the suspects as Shelton Hearld. He is also a registered sex offender. Hearld, 27, has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 2008, court records show.
"The ruthless thugs out here that are trying to take property, take things from individuals who work hard and are honest, hard-working people, and they want to take a short cut in our society and take property that belongs to others," " McClelland said. "(Rhodes) did a very good job out there. We're fortunate that he wasn't more seriously injured or possibly killed in this incident. It also highlights the danger that the men and women of HPD face every single day of trying to keep this city safe." — click2houston.com
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