Incident at 10202 Club Creek
May 26, 2005 -- Houston police
are investigating the fatal shooting of a narcotics suspect at
10202 Club Creek about 1 a.m. today (May 26).
The deceased suspect is identified as Kristopher
Lee Banks, 22, address unknown. He suffered a gunshot wound to
HPD Homicide Division Sergeants S.H. Kennedy
and L. Flores reported:
A team of undercover narcotics officers was attempting
to conduct drug transactions in the Club Creek area when the suspect
approached one of the officers and offered to sell him crack cocaine.
During the transaction, the suspect never displayed any drugs.
Since he had not seen any narcotics, the officer decided to drive
away. The suspect stopped the officer and demanded the buy money,
turning the drug deal into a robbery. The suspect had his right
hand in his right pants pocket and was pointing an unknown object
at the officer, threatening to shoot him unless he gave him (suspect)
the buy money. The undercover officer gave the suspect $40, but
the suspect demanded more. The suspect continued to tell the officer
that he was going to shoot him. At that time, the officer shot
the suspect one time. The suspect ran a short distance and then
fell to the ground. An ambulance was called, but paramedics
pronounced the suspect dead at the scene. Neither narcotics nor
a firearm were found on the suspect. There was a long, flat stick
found in the same pocket the suspect had claimed to have a gun
in. It was apparent the suspect never intended to sell narcotics
and was carrying out a planned robbery.
The undercover officer, P.S. Weido, was not injured.
He was sworn in as an HPD officer in March 1990.
As is customary in HPD officer-involved shootings
in the city limits, 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.