Officer down… but not out
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Former Marine, military police officer, mother, Stafford Police officer, and one infuriated patrol officer!
Ann Carrizales was on routine patrol in the wee hours of Saturday morning October 26, when she came across a sedan stopped in a moving lane of traffic in the 12700 block of Murphy Road between W. Airport and Fountaingate Drive.
Officer Carrizales checked out with the dispatcher and approached the vehicle.
According to Stafford Police, as she approached the car talking with the driver, the passenger, later identified as Sergio Francisco Rodriguez, 21, a purported gang member from Honduras shot her twice, once in the chest and once in the face.
The ballistic vest worn by Carrizales saved her life by deflecting the bullet to her chest but she still suffered concussion injuries from the blast as well as a gunshot wound to the face where a 40 cal. bullet tore into her cheek and out the side of her head.
Undaunted and even more determined, Carrizales returned fire at the fleeing vehicle, got back into her patrol car and along with a multiple agency fleet of police officers, pursued her shooters into north Houston near the Greenspoint area. The pursuit came to an end for Carrizales at Greenfork Drive when she had to be transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston for treatment for her gunshot wounds.
As Carrizales was transported to the hospital, officers from Missouri City, Sugar Land, Houston, and DPS established a perimeter and arrested the shooter Sergio Rodriguez.
Shortly after Rodriguez’s arrest for Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer, the driver of the car was identified as 28 year old Freddy Henriquez. The third man in the car has been identified as Daniel Cruz (AKA Jose Luis Cruz). He is wanted as a person of interest in this case and reportedly has “Houstone” tattooed on the back/side of his neck, a tattoo of a city skyline on his left arm, a tattoo of a star on his right forearm and a tattoo of a cross underneath his left eye.
At press time there remained an active warrant out for Henriquez. All three men are believed to have ties to organized criminal gangs.
Officer Ann Carrizales has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home with her family.
Anyone with information that would aid in this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective H. Garcia at 281-208-6991 or Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS (8477).
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