GALVESTON — An off-duty Galveston police captain opened fire on a man who was driving the wrong way on Interstate 45 Thursday night, officials said.
Galveston Police Chief Henry Porretto confirmed the officer involved in the shooting is Capt. Jeffrey Heyse, a 20-year veteran of the department.
The wrong-way driver, whose name has not been released, was shot once after he left his vehicle and rushed at the officer, Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said.
The man was combative with first responders and officers arriving at the scene, and was restrained before being taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch for surgery, Trochesset said. He continued to resist personnel providing medical assistance, deputies said.
The man was under guard and in stable condition at the hospital on Friday afternoon, Trochesset said.
He had not been charged.
Heyse was headed north on the Gulf Freeway in a personal vehicle shortly before 9:30 p.m. when he heard radio traffic about a truck driving north in the southbound lanes.
Heyse, driving on the other side of the freeway, pulled parallel alongside the vehicle as it approached the Texas City Wye and fired his service weapon several times, aiming at the truck’s rear tire, Trochesset said.
Traffic was moderately heavy, and Heyse took action to prevent a hazardous collision near the Texas City Wye, where several major roads interchange, deputies said.
The truck pulled to a stop with a flattened tire, and Heyse and the wrong-way driver got out of their vehicles, Trochesset said.
Heyse reported that the driver jumped over the concrete divider of the freeway and charged at the officer.
Heyse identified himself as a police officer, and shot the man once after he continued moving toward the captain in an aggressive manner, Trochesset said.
The police captain was not injured.
Sheriff’s deputies and the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the shooting.
Porretto said Heyses’s actions prevented a much larger tragedy from occurring.