An aggravated robbery led to an officer-involved shooting Monday afternoon that resulted in 34-year-old Jerome Countiss being shot in the butt.
Countiss was arrested and charged on Tuesday with aggravated robbery and aggravated assault on a public servant.
According to Baytown police, officers responded to a report of multiple hit and runs in the 2700 block of North Main Street when a call came in reporting a robbery at the Exxon located in the 100 block of South Alexander Drive.
“At that time officers learned a witness, who followed the hit and run suspect vehicle to the Exxon, had called in the robbery,” Lt. Steve Dorris, Baytown police spokesman, said. “During that robbery, the suspect entered the store and pulled a handgun on the clerk, who fortunately was able to flee the store unharmed. Shortly after, the suspect fled the store where he reportedly attempted to carjack a citizen in the parking lot of the business; however, he was unsuccessful and instead fled the area on foot.”
When officers arrived on the scene, another witness said Countiss was walking south on Seventh Street. The officer located Countiss and attempted to make contact.
“As the officer exited his marked patrol unit and began giving the suspect commands, the suspect displayed a handgun and fired at least one round at our officer, striking the officer’s patrol vehicle,” Dorris said.
The officer returned fire, striking the suspect at least once in the buttock area, at which time he was able to take the suspect into custody, Dorris added.
Countiss was transported to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center to treat his
injuries, He tried to escape from the ambulance on the way to the hospital but was unsuccessful.
Countiss is currently being held in the Baytown Jail pending his transfer to the Harris County Sheriff Department’s Inmate Processing Center.
According to Dorris, Countiss has a long criminal history out of Galveston and Brazoria counties and is currently on parole. Dorris said he’s been handled for everything from drugs to robbery to weapons charges and evading arrest, dating back to 2004.
The officer involved in the shooting, a 25-year veteran of the Baytown Police Department, was uninjured during the incident and has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol.