Incident at 7200 La Salette
August 11, 2005 -- A suspect
who fired shots on three separate occasions at a Houston police
officer was fatally shot in the 7200 block of La Salette about
9:55 a.m. on Wednesday (Aug. 10).
The suspect, whose identification is pending
an autopsy, was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J.T. Parker and
Officer R.A. Moreno reported:
HPD Officer H.M. Wagner stopped a blue Suburban
in the 3700 block of Noah being driven by the suspect. As the
officer approached the driver side of the Suburban, the suspect
opened the door and produced a gun. As the officer retreated toward
his patrol car, the suspect fired a shot at the officer. The officer
returned fire at the suspect, who drove away. The officer followed
in his patrol car behind the suspect, who again opened fire on
the officer as both were driving. The suspect drove a short distance
and stopped in the 7200 block of La Salette. There, the suspect
got out of his vehicle and fired on the officer a third time.
After the officer returned fire, the suspect got back into the
driver side of the Suburban. The suspect fired a shot as he sat
inside. Moments later, the officer discovered the suspect had
been shot in the head. The manner of death is pending an autopsy
by the Harris County Medical Examiner's office.
Officer Wagner, who was not injured, is assigned
to the Southeast Patrol Division and was sworn in as an HPD officer
in December of 2002.
As is customary in officer-involved shootings,
the incident is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal
Affairs Divisions and the Harris County District Attorney's office.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.