Kemah and League City Police Departments and their joint SWAT teams responded to a call of a robbery in progress with hostages taken at a Walgreens, located at 156 E. FM 518 in Kemah, Tuesday (Sept. 8) at around 9 a.m.
The suspect barricaded himself and several hostages in the building. After a brief standoff, the suspect released the hostages and then turned his weapon on himself around 10 a.m.
According to League City police, the man ran inside the Walgreens after an armed robbery and a chase.
League City police said he fired shots at pursuing officers. All customers and staff were immediately evacuated from the store.
Ricky Berg, the husband of a Walgreens customer who was taken hostage said, “My son called me at home. I got here and there were cop cars everywhere. It was pretty frightening. It’s hard to say what goes on in somebody’s head. My wife is still pretty shaken up.”
Apparently the suspect’s SUV crashed into poles at the front entrance of the store.
Police brought at least one civilian out of the building.
The chase started in a commercial area in the 2500 block of South Shore Blvd. in League City.
Police said they were reviewing a live feed from the store when they saw the man shoot himself.
No other injuries were reported. Police expect to release more information later today.
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