A dramatic showdown unfolded at a poker room in north Harris County early Thursday morning, leading to a security guard being wounded. According to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, the guard was trying to thwart a robbery attempt at the Texas Card House when he got caught in a crossfire.
It was a little past 6 a.m. when deputies were called to the poker room located on the 1400 block of Spring Cypress Road. As per Sheriff Gonzalez, a group of individuals planned to rob the establishment, leading the onsite security guard to intervene.
The situation quickly escalated into a full-blown shootout, with dozens of shots echoing throughout the poker room. Tragically, the guard was caught in the firing line. The attackers managed to evade capture, fleeing the scene before Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) deputies could arrive. Thankfully, no customers were injured during the encounter.
An eyewitness, a card dealer who goes by the name Andrew, recounted his experience. He requested his identity be concealed. Andrew had just entered the Texas Card Club when the gunfire started. He stated, “I walk back in, 40 seconds later, pop, pop, pop. All I saw was bullets coming through the window.”
HCSO deputies disclosed that the security officer, referred to as Officer Jackson, was involved in a gunfight with four men attempting to rob the poker room. Officer Jackson sustained seven gunshot wounds.
Officer Jackson’s boss and the CEO of God’s Armour Security, Tommy Wilson, said, “They attacked him from the back. He fired his weapon as they fired upon him and he was hit seven times.”
After the gunmen fled, a wounded Officer Jackson managed to stumble back inside and assured everyone that the danger had passed. Onlookers immediately rushed to aid him. The robbers had left a firearm at the scene while making their escape.
Officer Jackson survived his injuries and is currently recuperating in a hospital. Wilson mentioned, “I’ve been with him all morning. He has good spirits. All of the bullets exited his body except one and we’re waiting to see now if he has to have foot surgery.”
Andrew gave a heartfelt tribute to Officer Jackson, attributing the safe outcome for all customers to his brave actions. “There are no words. Thank you. For what you did. You truly, you put your life on the line for us and you didn’t have to. Who does that?” Andrew said.
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