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Incident at 9400 Richmond

July 20, 2005 -- An armed suspect was shot during a confrontation with Houston police officers at 9400 Richmond about 2:50 a. m. today (July 20).

The wounded suspect, an unknown white male, was struck twice and transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he died in surgery. His identity is pending an autopsy by the Harris County Medical Examiner's office.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants H. Kennedy and C. W. Howard reported:

A wrecker driver was traveling east in the 9400 block of Richmond when the suspect jumped onto the back of his wrecker. The suspect had a black automatic pistol in his hand and was waving the weapon as he ranted and raved in a loud voice. The wrecker driver hit his brakes, forcing the suspect to fall from the vehicle. The wrecker driver then notified Houston police via a cell phone.

HPD Officers C. C. Robertson and C. C. Lyall arrived on the scene and observed the suspect as he continued to wave his weapon around in a parking lot. The officers ordered him to put his weapon down. Instead, the suspect pointed his weapon at the officers who each fired at the suspect. The suspect was struck twice in his right side.

Both officers are assigned to the Westside Patrol Division. Officer Robertson was sworn in December 1985 and Officer Lyall was sworn in March 1998. As is customary, the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions and the Harris County District Attorney's office are investigating the incident.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

NJM/ RMM 7/20/05

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.