Update on Incident at 7200 La Salette
August 12, 2005 -- Houston police
have learned the identity of a suspect who fired shots on three
separate occasions at a Houston police officer and was fatally
shot in the 7200 block of La Salette about 9:55 a.m. on Wednesday
The suspect is identified as Ronald Charles Newman,
52, of 3500 Mainer. He was shot in the head and pronounced dead
at the scene. The Harris County Medical Examiner's office is investigating
the official cause and manner of death.
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
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.
Update JFC/MES 8-12-05
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contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.