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A Houston police officer was shot while responding to a disturbance call over a ring dispute on Monday, but is expected to recover.

The shooting happened after 11 a.m. at the Northpines Drive 200 block. Officers were dispatched to the scene after officers called authorities over a dispute between her and a man living in the same art complex.

She said the man was standing in front of her, officials said. After talking to him, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner went to the Unidentified Man’s Products Department to get an application, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner told reporters outside the HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood Hospital where the officer is recovering. .

“As they were talking at the door, the man immediately came out and started firing at our officers,” Finner said.

The officer was hit in the arm and abdomen at least twice, he was protected by a bulletproof vest, Finner said. He remains stable but in critical condition, the chief said.

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When a gunshot was heard, another officer “immediately engaged with his hands” to arrest the 26-year-old suspect, Finner said. His name will be announced after he is charged, Finner said.

The officers did not respond, he said. The chief said he had not yet reviewed footage taken from officers’ cameras, but planned to watch.

“In hand-to-hand combat, when you’re close, sometimes you don’t even have the opportunity to draw a weapon, and you have to move by hand,” Finner said.

The unidentified wounded officer is an 11-year-old police veteran and the married father of three who has been assigned to the Kingwood Department of Derment, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. The shooting took place in Houston, but across Harris County in neighboring Montgomery County, Finner said.

The investigation into the incident will be coordinated between the Houston Police Department’s Dertment Special Investigation Division and the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

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