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Texas deputy’s wife, 4-year-old shot during violent home invasion

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A suspect reportedly broke into a Texas deputy's home Sunday night and shot the officer's wife and 4-year-old stepdaughter.

The family has not been publicly identified at the time of this reporting, according to the New York Daily News.

What are the details?

During a weekend news conference, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said the deputy, who was off-duty at the time, was at home in the early hours of Sunday morning when a suspect armed with a shotgun and assault rifle broke into the family home.

The suspect, who also remains unnamed at the time of this reporting, purportedly began firing, and struck the deputy's wife in the leg and 4-year-old in the arm.

The deputy returned fire and phoned authorities for backup. When backup arrived at the scene, they reportedly discovered a blood trail leaving the family's home.

Finner added that it remains not clear whether the deputy was targeted. He added that the family is expected to recover.

"We don't know anything, what's the motive of this, if it was targeted or what, all we know is he forced entry," Finner said. "At some point, the deputy exchanged gunfire with him. He feels that he struck the subject. There is a separate blood trail."

On Sunday, KTVT-TV reported that the child required surgery following the injury, but is in stable condition following the procedure.

Authorities investigating incident

"Anytime a citizen gets shot in Houston, let alone a deputy's or officer's family, it's something we take seriously, but a lot of investigation has to go on with it," Finner added.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing. Authorities describe the suspect as a Hispanic male about 5 feet 5 inches tall, according to a report from Newsweek.

"We really need to get this guy in custody," Finner insisted.

The station reported that the deputy involved in the incident has been with the Harris County Precinct 1 for three years.

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