Former West U. Officer Shot By Burglary Suspects
A Houston Police Officer who formerly worked in West University Place is recovering and in good condition after being shot Monday afternoon while attempting to stop a home burglary.
Police have arrested two suspects — 19-year-old Patrick Carnell Freeman and a 14-year-old juvenile male — in connection with the shooting of Frank Pierce, an HPD officer since June 2006. Freeman faces charges of aggravated assault of a public servant and home burglary, while the juvenile faces burglary charges.
Pierce suffered two gunshot wounds to the abdomen during a struggle with the suspects. The officer saw the pair burglarizing an apartment in the 9700 block of Pine Lake Drive. He confronted them and tried to arrest the 14 year old, and that’s when Freeman used a stolen handgun to shoot the officer. Pierce fired back, but did not hit the suspects.
Both teenagers fled the scene in a stolen vehicle, but were later arrested by Jersey Village police. Pierce, who works in HPD’s South Central Patrol Division, is recovering at Memorial Hermann Hospital. He remains in good condition.
“Frank was here as an officer for ten years and a valued member of our team. During his tenure, he served the citizens of West University well,” said West U. Lt. Charlie Deily in a statement. “We are very proud of him.”