Officers fatally shot a driver after a police chase ended in a multi-vehicle collision in Houston on Wednesday, according to a report
The pursuit began around 10:40 a.m. when officers attempted to pull over the driver — identified as 41-year-old Frank Shephard — for making unsafe lane changes, CNN affiliate KPRC reported.
At some point during the chase, the driver called 911 and allegedly told dispatchers he had a child in the vehicle and threatened to harm them if police tried to initiate another traffic stop, according to the Houston-area television station.
The pursuit, which lasted about 15 to 20 minutes, ended when Shephard drove through an intersection and collided with a car and SUV, hurting occupants in both vehicles, the TV station reported.
He then got out.
Police said they ordered him to get down on the ground but that he reached back into his car instead.
“At this point, the top part of his body was hidden inside the vehicle. Fearing for their lives, fearing that the suspect was reaching for a weapon, two officers did discharge their weapons at the vehicle, striking the suspect and killing him,” Deputy Thomas Gilliland, a spokesman for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, told the station.
According to Gilliland, 10 to 12 shots were fired.
No child was found inside Shephard’s vehicle. It was not immediately clear if he had a weapon with him.
Family members told the station that Shephard had three children and another on the way.
They said they believed he fled because a warrant had been issued for his arrest.
CNN contributed to this story.