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Police chase ends in shooting, suspect killed

Pursuit travels from Eastex, to Beltway East, to Wallisville Road

HOUSTON – A suspect is dead after a police chase ended in a shooting Wednesday morning in the North Shore/Channelview area.

According to police, the chase started after Houston Police Officers were conducting an operation near Highway 59 and Crosstimbers when they observed a car making unsafe lane changes. The chase began after a patrol unit did a traffic stop but the driver of the blue Chrysler 300 refused to stop and chase ensued at around 10:40 a.m.

The suspect drove from the Eastex onto Beltway East, then south on the Sam Houston Tollway. Spike strips were used in an attempt to slow down the vehicle, but failed. The chase ended on Wallisville Road and N. Castlegory in Northeast Harris County where the suspect’s car crashed into a small white car. He then lost control and crashed his car into an SUV near the Wendell Ley YMCA.

Two HPD officers in pursuit exited their units and approached the suspect’s vehicle ordering him to show his hands. As the officers were approaching, the suspect got out of his vehicle, turned towards the officers, then reached back inside of his car.

The officers, believing the suspect was reaching for a weapon, and in fear for their life and those of citizens nearby, discharged their weapons into the vehicle, striking the suspect multiple times. He died at the scene and he has unofficially been identified by family as Frank Ernest Shepherd, III, a man 41 years old.

The female driver of the small white car was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. The driver and passenger of the SUV were treated at the scene and released.

The intersection of Wallisville and Castlegory remained closed until late Wednesday afternoon.

North Shore Middle School and Havard Elementary were temporarily on lockout. Parents with children in those schools were able to pick up their children after classes.

The HCSO’s homicide unit, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, and HPD internal affairs will take over the investigation. No officers were injured.

Aldine FHC celebrates 25 years of service to local families

HOUSTON – Aldine Family Hope Center, a ministry of Buckner International, will celebrate 25 years of service to the Aldine community Saturday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, located at 4700 Aldine Mail Route.

The community is invited to attend the milestone celebration for an afternoon of face painting, games, live music, refreshments and an open house. A recognition program will begin at noon honoring influential individuals who have made a significant impact in the program since it began.

Founded by Sylvia Bolling from the trunk of her car in 1990 as the Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. Community Center, the program joined Buckner International in 2012 where it has continued to improve the lives of at-risk youth and their families, serving about 5,000 households in a community encompassing a two-mile radius of U.S. Highway 59 North of Aldine Mail Route. The service area includes 12 schools, five subdivisions, seven apartment complexes and several businesses and churches.

“Approximately 85 percent of the students living in our community are considered economically disadvantaged,” said ministry founder Sylvia Bolling. “From our beginning, we’ve been committed to improving the lives of local families through serving our neighbors in the most need. As our community has grown, so has our opportunity to serve.”

The center offers a variety of educational, vocational, social, and recreational services to the community as it strives to address the needs of individuals challenged by social, language, cultural, transportation, and location barriers.

“By seeking to help all in need, we’ve become a place where volunteers of all races and ages can empower the youth within our community,” said Shawna Roy, the Family Hope Center’s director. “We are thankful for the support our community has provided us over the years and look forward many more years of service to come.”

Additional Buckner programs in the Houston area include Buckner Family Place, a transitional program for single parents and their children; Parkway Place, a Buckner senior living community; and Buckner Hospice Houston.