Update on Incident at 9305 Ronda Lane
July 8, 2005 -- Charges have
been filed against two aggravated robbery suspects wounded by
Houston police officers at 9305 Ronda Lane about 12:30 a.m. on
Wednesday (July 6).
The suspects have been identified as Shedrick
J. White (b/m, DOB 10-9-72) and Ronald
J. Hamilton (b/m, DOB 4-14-74). They each have been charged
in the 185th State District Court with one count of aggravated
assault on a public servant, one count of aggravated robbery and
one count of a felon in possession of a firearm. The suspects
remain at Ben Taub General Hospital with non life-threatening
injuries. Their photos are posted on the HPD Web site since Robbery
Division investigators believe they might be responsible for other
robberies. Anyone who might have been victimized by one or both
suspects is urged to contact the HPD Robbery Division at 713-308-0700.
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.