Incident at 11700 Biscayne Way
July 19, 2005 -- One of three
burglary suspects was shot during a confrontation with a Houston
police officer and the officer's father at 11700 Biscayne Way
about 4:25 a.m. today (July 19).
The wounded suspect, an unknown Hispanic male,
is in critical condition at Ben Taub General Hospital with a gunshot
wound to the head. A second suspect, described only as a Hispanic
male, fled in a light colored minivan that has its rear window
shot out and has several bullet holes in the driver's door. A
third suspect, possibly a Hispanic male, is also wanted in the
HPD Homicide Division Sergeants S.H. Kennedy
and L.A. Flores reported:
A homeowner, Jaime Castilla Hernandez, 57, saw
three Hispanic males breaking into a neighbor's Ford Expedition.
Mr. Hernandez called police and his son, HPD Officer N.J. Hernandez,
who lives across the street and was off-duty. Mr. Hernandez retrieved
a 12-gauge shotgun, went outside and ordered the suspects to stop
what they were doing. He fired one shot in the air and one in
their direction to scare off the suspects, but the suspects continued
to burglarize the truck. When Mr. Hernandez again told the suspects
to stop, one of the suspects pointed what Mr. Hernandez believed
was a weapon at him. At that time, Mr. Hernandez fired his weapon
and struck the back of the suspects' van, possibly injuring one
of the suspects.
Officer Hernandez, dressed in a police raid jacket
with his badge hanging from his neck and in view, saw what was
happening with his father and ordered the suspects to freeze and
place their hands where he could see them. None of the suspects
obeyed the officer's commands. One of the suspects loading things
from the Ford Expedition into the suspects' van ran to the driver's
side of the van and got in. He then pointed a gun at Officer Hernandez,
who in turn discharged his weapon multiple times, possibly striking
Officer Hernandez is assigned to the Northeast
Patrol Division and was sworn in as an HPD officer in December
1994. As is customary, the incident is being investigated by the
HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions and the Harris County
District Attorney's office.
Anyone with information on the two wanted suspects
and their damaged van is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division
at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.