Incident at 9305 Ronda Lane
July 6, 2005 -- Charges are
pending against two aggravated robbery suspects wounded by Houston
police officers at 9305 Ronda Lane about 12:30 a.m. today (July
The male suspects were transported to Ben Taub
General Hospital where doctors said they were expected to survive
their injuries. The males refused to provide their names to hospital
staff and investigators are trying to learn their identities.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant C.W. Howard and
Officer P.T. Yochum reported:
Three men and a woman were at their business
when two black male suspects approached the men in the driveway
of the business. The suspects, each wearing a ski mask and armed
with a gun, ordered the men to lie on the ground and demanded
money, jewelry and narcotics. The male victims handed their wallets
and jewelry to the suspects. One suspect began searching the residence
for valuables. The female victim managed to call 911 and officers
from the Fondren Patrol Division responded to the robbery in-progress
call. The female ran outside to meet the officers and then ran
back inside to show officers where the suspects were holding her
husband and the two other male victims.
Three officers entered the business in an effort
to stop the woman from going inside. Two other officers went to
the rear of the business and waited outside for the suspects.
Shortly after, the officers in the business were confronted by
the two suspects in a narrow hallway. One suspect fired a shot
at the officers as they were trapped in the hallway. The suspects
then fled through the back door of the business where the remaining
two officers were waiting. The officers gave verbal commands to
the suspects to drop their weapons. When the suspects refused
and pointed the weapons in the direction of the officers, the
two officers and a third officer fired multiple shots, wounding
the suspects. None of the five HPD officers at the scene was injured.
Three officers - T.A. Adams, J.L. Scales and
K.L. Raven - discharged their weapons at the suspects. Adams was
sworn in as an HPD officer in September 1995, Raven in December
2001 and Scales in April 2002.
As is customary, 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.