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An attempted armed robbery at a southeast Houston fast-food restaurant turned into a SWAT scene that sent a pair of Houston police officers to the hospital with minor injuries.
The suspected robber struck at a Wendy’s restaurant in the 10200 block of Almeda Genoa at about 8:15 p.m.
Police said everyone inside the restaurant ran outside when the armed man entered. He pointed the pistol to his head when Houston police arrived. The man also fired the pistol more than once while he was inside, but there were no injuries, police said.
HPD SWAT officers surrounded the restaurant. The man ran outside and slipped through the police cordon. HPD officers at the scene said no one fired at him because they didn’t see him holding a weapon.
Police said the man ran toward an abandoned bank building across from the parking lot. He pulled out a pistol and shot through the glass door to gain entrance.
He again fired his pistol while inside the building but again there were no reported injuries.
Police said a shotgun carried by one of the officers inadvertently fired. Another HPD officer was grazed by a bullet. The noise apparently started an HPD canine who then bit one of the police officers there, officials said.
The two officers were taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries. The man inside the abandoned building was later taken into custody without incident.
The suspect was taken into custody, and the investigation is continuing, police said.
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