MISSOURI CITY (Covering Fort Bend) – One man is in custody after a shooting on Texas Parkway last night, possibly over a stolen cellphone.
A Missouri City police officer was parked in a parking lot just after midnight, Dec. 9, watching traffic in the 2400 block of Texas Parkway near Court Road when he heard gunshots. He then saw a white SUV traveling erratically down Texas Parkway and initiated a traffic stop.
As he was attempting to stop the SUV the officer saw a Dodge passenger vehicle in a ditch on the side of the road. The driver of the SUV eventually stopped and was detained. The driver of the SUV and either the driver or a possible passenger of the Dodge had exchanged gunfire, and the Dodge was hit.
The initial investigation suggests that the driver of the Dodge stole a cellphone in Houston from the driver of the SUV. The driver of the SUV was pinging the cellphone and followed the Dodge into Missouri City.
According to Capt. Paul Poulton with the Missouri City Police Department, it is not yet clear who initiated the gunfire. The stolen cellphone was in the possession of the driver of the Dodge, Timothy Johnson. Johnson was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property.
Police suspect there were other passengers in the Dodge who may have fled on foot. There were no reported injuries.
There are conflicting stories as to what actually happened, and the case in under investigation by Missouri City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division.