Incident at 5850 Park Front
May 1, 2005 -- Charges are pending
against two suspects who assaulted two Houston police officers
during an altercation at 5850 Park Front about 2:45 a.m on Sunday,
May 1, 2005.
The first suspect has been identified as Damion
Lopez (H/m, 26). The second suspect has been identified as Edwin
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J. Binford and
Officer B. Harris reported:
Houston police officers were working an unrelated
incident at 10201 Harwin when they heard glass breaking at a nearby
apartment. Suspect Damion Lopez was seen running from the area
where a window was broken. Officers chased him to a black Honda
SUV that was waiting for him. The Honda SUV was being driven by
a second suspect, Edwin Lopez. Damion Lopez was chased and removed
from the vehicle after slamming the door on Officer J.P. Horelica,
who sustained minor injuries to the arm. Damion Lopez fought the
officers during his arrest.
Officer Rios ran to the driver's door of the
Honda SUV and attempted to stop Edwin Lopez. This suspect confronted
the officer and struck him with the vehicle. As the officer was
hit by the vehicle, he fired his weapon one time. Officer Rios
sustained several broken ribs and large abrasions to his leg.
At the time of the incident Officer Rios believed his leg was
broken. Edwin Lopez drove away after injuring the officer.
As other officers approached the vehicle, they
heard one gunshot and observed Officer Rios fall to the ground.
Fearing for the safety of the downed officer, Officer J. Valls
fired one round at Edwin Lopez. He fled the scene after striking
Officer Rios but was later identified and arrested by homicide
Both suspects have given confessions as to their
involvement in these cases. The officers involved all are assigned
to the Westside Patrol Division. Officer Rios was sworn in as
a Houston police officer in June of 2002 and Officer Valls was
sworn in December of 2003.
Houston Police Department Homicide Division,
Internal Affairs Division as well as the Harris County District
Attorney's Office are investigating this incident.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.