What ended as a fatal shooting started as a self-initiated patrol investigation in Houston city limits, a Houston PD spokesman told ABC News today.
"But then the suspect fled into Harris County," the spokesman said. "At the conclusion of the pursuit, at least one officer did discharge his weapon, but because it happened outside city limits, the Harris County's Sheriff's Office will take a lead role in the investigation."
The chase ended in a multi-vehicle crash followed by a shooting, both the HPD and HCSO said.
The suspect's identity is not yet being released by the HCSO, a HCSO spokesperson said.
The two cops who shot at the suspect were identified as "R. Gonzales" and "L. Ingle" by HPD public information officer John Cannon, who was at the scene.
"Both officers have been serving for six years," Cannon said, adding the officers were not wearing any body cameras.
The high-speed chase, multi-vehicle crash and shooting were caught on video from a helicopter.
The video caught the suspect's car eluding police and driving into grass and eventually slamming into another vehicle at an intersection and then spinning into another vehicle, causing a pile-up.
The suspect can be seen coming out of the car and then reaching back into it, at which point Houston Police Department officers opened fire, KTRK-TV ABC-13 reported.
A large number of patrol cars from the Houston Police Department were involved in the chase, KTRK added, saying the end of the pursuit unfolded quickly in a matter of seconds elapsing between "the time the suspect struck the white car and the time officers opened fire."
The chase ended near North Shore Middle School in Houston, KTRK reported.