Incident at 8800 Airport
August 1, 2006 -- Charges of
aggravated assault with a deadly weapon of a police officer are
pending against a suspect who pointed two guns at Houston police
SWAT officers at 8800 Airport about 2:05 a.m. on Tuesday, August
The suspect, Steven Ferrel (w/m DOB 10/17/68),
was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital with multiple gunshot
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M. McStravick,
Sergeant C. Howard, and Officer T. Andrade reported:
Members of the Southeast Patrol Division tactical
unit, while conducting a robbery investigation follow-up, were
directed to room #230 of the Motel 6 hotel located at 8800 Airport.
Upon arrival at the hotel, Ferrel refused to open the door for
the officers and instead called 9-1-1 advising the 9-1-1 operator
that he would shoot himself if the police came in. It was further
determined that a female was being held in the room by the suspect,
however, she was later released unharmed.
The SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team and
the Hostage Negotiation Team were called to the scene and negotiations
with Ferrel began. During these negotiations, Ferrel acknowledged
being high on crack cocaine and admitted involvement in several
recent crimes. After approximately two hours, and against all
directions given to Ferrel by the negotiators, Ferrel exited the
hotel room waving a shotgun in one hand and a pistol in the other
hand. Ferrel turned and began to point the weapons at SWAT officers
who in turn, returned fire, striking Ferrel at least two times.
As is customary in all officer-involved shootings,
this incident is under investigation by the Houston Police Department's
Homicide Division, Internal Affairs Division, and the Harris County
District Attorney's office.
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