SAN ANTONIO - Criminals shot her twice during a traffic stop, and she still jumped in her police car to chase them down.
Officer Ann Marie Carrizales survived being shot in the chest and neck. Now, she's sharing her inspiring story with other officers and the public across the nation.
KENS 5 caught up with Carrizales on Thursday to learn more about strength and stamina.
"In that moment that I was shot and they were fleeing, it was nothing more than, I had a job to do," Carrizales said.
On October 26, 2013 at 3:38 a.m. in Stafford, Texas, Carrizales initiated a traffic stop involving a vehicle with three men inside. As Carrizales approached the vehicle, one of the men opened fire, hitting the officer in the chest and face.
Officer Carrizales returned fire on the suspects, jumped in her patrol car, and chased them several miles into Houston.
The suspects were eventually arrested. The shooter, Sean Rodriguez, was sentenced to 50 years in prison. The other two suspects are also behind bars.
Now, Carrizales is sharing her story to encourage others.
She addressed a room full of Texas police administrators in San Antonio at the FBI National Academy Associates Texas Chapter's 63rd Annual Conference on Thursday.
"[Officer Carrizales] has experienced not only once, but twice, some of the things that our officers prepare for, sometimes their entire career,” said Mike Young, assistant chief of the North Richland Hills Police Department. ”It may not ever happen to them, but when it does, there is no substitute for being ready."
Young says that the captains, chiefs, and lieutenants attending the conference take what they learn and bring it back to their departments to teach their officers.
"I made a promise to myself that I would tell everybody that I could my story, and hopefully take my pain and help them heal their own," Carrizales said. "I feel like I have a duty to share that with other human beings because this isn't just a cop story, this is a human being story."
She ended with what she calls "Round 3," the fight after the fight, or dealing with post-traumatic stress issues after recovering from a critical incident.
"I'd just like people to know that it's possible that you will have a 'Round 3,' and, if you do, it is totally possible to have your hand raised up in the end in victory," Carrizales said. "It's a totally beatable thing. It's not a death sentence."
Carrizales is now an officer with the Meadows Place Police Department, southwest of Houston.
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