Man arrested for ambushing HPD Sergeant

HOUSTON, Texas – A man has been arrested and charged by police for aggravated assault of an officer.

According to officials, a HPD Sergeant responded to a domestic disturbance call on Friday at 9:30 p.m. at the 1400 block of Hatchmere place.

The sergeant said that he saw a man, later identified as Matthew Beltz, hiding behind a car parked in the drive way.

When the sergeant directed Beltz to come out of hiding, Beltz began firing at the officer.

The officer was able to return fire and retreated behind a tree to avoid injury.

That’s when Beltz took out a second firearm a continued to barrage the officer with gunfire.

The sergeant was forced to move to the back of his vehicle and wait for an opening to apprehend the suspect.

According to officials, the sergeant saw that Beltz had stopped firing, dropped his weapons, and had both hands in the air.

“In our investigation we found out that Beltz had dropped his weapons because he had run out of ammunition”, said Constable Mark Herman.

Beltz has been arrested with no bond at Harris County jail.

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