A police officer in Texas has been killed and five other people were injured when their vehicle collided with a gas station in the state’s oil boomtown of Aransas, according to local media.
Police said they found the vehicle’s driver dead inside the station in Houston’s Houston suburb of Arby Hills.
Police were called to the scene at about 12:45pm (AEDT) on Friday after the driver failed to appear at a hearing, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Two other people, including a police officer, were injured.
The injured officer was taken to a hospital, the newspaper reported.
Police found the car parked outside the gas station at about the same time as the crash, and said a male passenger was inside.
The man was later pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation into the crash was continuing, police said.
Police had not said how the man died.
A statement from the Houston Police Department said the officer’s name had not been released.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the officer involved in this incident,” the statement read.
“The department is working with the Houston County Coroner to determine the exact cause and manner of death.”
Police said the officers involved in the crash were on routine patrol when the incident occurred.
One of the injured officers is in stable condition at the hospital, according a statement from Houston Police.
The Houston Police said it would not release the officer names pending the investigation.
Aransas is one of the most populous areas of Texas and the home of Houston’s largest oilfield.
It is known for its gas stations, gas stations with barbecue pits and oil fields.
The area is popular with tourists and residents from around the country who have flocked to the region for a weekend or holiday.
Arby Hill is one area where the town of 1.5 million people is notorious for drug dealing and gang activity.