A Texas police officer approaches a car on a routine traffic stop when a passenger shoots her twice at point-blank range.
Bleeding and in severe pain - Stafford police officer Ann Carrizales still set off after the suspects.
“One bullet hit her police vest, the other pierced her face. Wounded and in serious pain, police say she managed to return fire before getting back in her car and pursuing the suspects in a high speed car chase,” reports CNN's Pamela Brown.
The injured former marine chased the suspects for 7 minutes through the streets near Houston until the three men in the car ran into an apartment building.
The alleged 21 year-old shooter, Sergio Rodrigues, was taken into custody.
Police say, the other two men on the run are 28 year old Freddy Henriquez - a suspected gang member considered to be armed and dangerous.. And a man who goes by the name Daniel Cruz.
Carrizales was rushed to the hospital after she got out of her cruiser and other officers rush to her aid.
She is now recovering at home with her family and says, “I just want to give myself some time to relax and kind of feel the beauty of life that I was blessed to have.”