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Officer Ann Carrizales has an incredible amount of heart and determination. The 40-year old Houston cop made a routine traffic stop on Saturday (October 26). While talking to the driver, one of the two passengers in the car opened fire, hitting Carrizales in the face and chest. She fired back, hitting the back window.
She then got back in her patrol car and chased the suspects for 20 miles before losing them. Carrizales was wearing s bullet-proof vest at the time, which may have saved her life.
Other police officers responded to the scene to help Carrizales. She was transported to Memorial Herman Hospital where she was treated for her injuries.
Cops later found the shooter walking down a road and arrested him, Crime stoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for the other two fugitives Freddy Henriquez and Daniel Cruz, both Honduran illegal immigrants believed to be gang members.
Carrizales, a former marine and mother of two said it's in her nature to protect people.
"What I was thinking at the time was I need to stay in this fight. And I needed to do what I needed to do as a police officer, and that was stop these guys," she said. "I was born to be a protector. I have always been a protector. It would be nothing for me to give my life for yours. I wouldn't think twice to do it. I didn't think twice to do it in the past and I wouldn't think twice to do it in the future. But sometimes even we protectors, we seek protection."
"My wife is an extraordinary woman," Chris Carrizales told the media. "And not just because vof what you saw in the video. We know there's a possibility that mom may not come home."
The officer gave thanks to a higher power for preventing her from being more seriously injured.
"The bullet-proof vest worked, yes. But God saved my life, she said.
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