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Incident at 4935 West Orem

April 26, 2005 -- Charges are pending against a suspect who attempted to run over Houston police officers several times at 4935 West Orem about 8 p.m. on Monday (Apr. 25).

The suspect, Marlon Rainford (b/m, DOB 4-30-86), was treated and released from Ben Taub General Hospital after officers were forced to use pepper spray and tasers to gain control of him. He is in custody and will be charged with aggravated assault on a police officer.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant C. Grysen and Officer K. Carr reported:

Officers responded to a call at an auto repair shop at 4935 West Orem regarding a suspicious person with a knife taking a vehicle. Responding officers became involved in a short pursuit with the suspect up and down West Orem before the suspect returned to the business and pulled into a repair stall. At that time, officers parked behind the vehicle. The suspect put his vehicle in reverse and rammed a patrol vehicle several times and damaged the building. The suspect forced his car around the patrol vehicle. As he continued to accelerate, almost running over an officer, another officer fired several shots at the suspect's vehicle's tires in order to disable the vehicle and protect his partner and several civilians in the area. Additional officers arrived and blocked the exit from the business. The suspect managed to drive recklessly around the repair shop several times more, crashing into several parked vehicles. The suspect also chased responding officers with his vehicle, attempting to run the officers over. Eventually, the suspect's vehicle's tires were successfully shot and deflated. Officers surrounded the vehicle when it stalled and became disabled. Officers attempted to gain compliance from the suspect and were forced to discharge tasers at him. The suspect continued to struggle with several officers who were forced to use pepper spray, expandable batons and tasers to gain control of him and place him into custody.

As is customary in officer-involved shootings in the city limits, the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions and the Harris County District Attorney's office are investigating the incident.

JFC/RMM 4-26-05
Inc #063489305

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.