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Incident at 7700 Memorial Drive

April 1, 2005 -- A male fatally shot himself in the presence of Houston police SWAT officers in the 7700 block of Memorial Drive about 8:05 p.m. on Thursday (March 31).

The deceased male, whose identity is unknown at this time, is believed to be in his 30s. He suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at Ben Taub General Hospital.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant C.J. Grysen and Officer A. Mares reported:

Patrol officers were dispatched to the 8100 block of Washington in regards to a suspicious male with a gun. Officers located the man on the railroad tracks located behind the Washington address. An officer spoke to the man in Spanish and continued to walk southbound along the railroad tracks. SWAT officers and members of the Hostage Negotiation Team were requested at the scene. As the man walked in the direction of 7700 Memorial Drive, he pointed a gun to his head several times, pulling the trigger in some instances. At one point about 8:05 p.m., the man pulled the trigger again and the gun fired.

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