BILL MURPHY February 05, 2001, Monday 3 STAR EDITION Copyright 2001 The Houston Chronicle Publishing Company The Houston Chronicle February 05, 2001, Monday 3 STAR EDITION
(HARRIS COUNTY, Penn.) --A deputy constable suffered a fractured skull and broken ankle after a suspected shoplifter drove into him at the Willowbrook Mall Saturday night.
A 26-year-old woman tried to run over Precinct 5 Deputy Larry Robinson about 7:30 p.m. when he tried to stop her and another 26-year-old woman from leaving, Houston police spokesman Martin DeLeon said.
Robinson clung to the front of the car after it struck him. While hanging onto the car with one hand, he pulled out his pistol with the other and fired through the windshield, DeLeon said. The bullet did not strike anybody, but the driver braked hard, flinging Robinson to the pavement.
A Harris County deputy sheriff arrived on the scene and arrested the women.
Robinson was in stable condition Sunday at Memorial Hermann Hospital, DeLeon said.
Robinson had been working a detail at Dillard's at the mall in northwest Houston when he saw the women with stolen designer and baby clothes, followed them to the parking lot and confronted them, DeLeon said.
The women, whose names were not released, face charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault of a police officer.