A former Douglas resident, who is currently a deputy for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Houston, Texas, is recovering after being shot while on a disturbance call.
According to Thomas M Gilliland. Senior Deputy Media Relations / Public Information Officer for the HCSO, at approximately 11 p.m. on Friday, June 14 deputy Joel Bello Zazueta, responded to a disturbance at a residence in far west Harris County.
Upon arriving on scene Bello made contact with the female complainant who was waiting near the street outside of the home.
While speaking to her, the suspect, Brady Ray ,43, came out of the garage at the residence and discharged a firearm striking Bello in the lower torso.
Bello fired back at Ray who then ran back into the home barricading himself inside.
HCSO SWAT responded to the scene and after a lengthy search of the residence by a motorized robot, it was determined Ray had fled the home some time during the initial exchange of gunfire with Bello.
He was eventually tracked down by K-9 deputies less than a quarter mile away from the residence in a business park around 7 a.m. Saturday morning.
Bello was transported to Methodist West Hospital and from there was flown to Herman Hospital by Life flight. Family members told The Douglas Dispatch Bello was discharged from the hospital late last week and is at home with his wife and children recovering.
“He is expected to make a full recovery from his injury,” Gilliland said of Bello.
Ray has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, and burglary with intent to commit a felony. He is being held on a $2.1 million-dollar bond.
Bello is a 2011 graduate of Douglas High School. He played football and ran track for the Bulldogs all four years at DHS.
His 99-yard kickoff return against Amphi in Oct. 2010, which broke the old record of 95-yards set by the late Gib Dawson in 1947, still remains as the longest kickoff return for a touchdown. Bello would have two other touchdowns this game as the Bulldogs beat Amphi (at Amphi) for the first time in 40-years, 30-28. The former Douglas resident has been with the HCSO for two-years.