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Incident at 9540 Kempwood

August 25, 2006 -- Charges of attempted capital murder of a police officer are pending against a suspect who shot an on-duty officer twice at 9540 Kempwood about 11:05 p.m on Wednesday (August 23).

The suspect, a male known only as "Gordo" at this time, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital.

HPD Officer D.W. Starr, sworn in as an officer in July 1985 and assigned to the Northwest Patrol Division, suffered a contusion from the bullets that struck his bullet proof vest. He was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant L.A. Flores and Officer E.R. Carstens reported:

Security guards at the above location alerted Officer Starr of two males on the property with guns. Officer Starr requested back up, advised officers of the situation and started searching for one of the suspects. He found one suspect, ordered him to drop his weapon and come out of the bushes in which he was hiding. The suspect then shot at the officer, striking him in the chest area protected by the bullet proof vest. Officer Starr returned fire and struck the suspect multiple times.

As is customary in officer-involved shootings in the city limits, the incident is under investigation by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions and the Harris County District Attorney's office.

GO/JFC 8-25-06
Inc #130868306

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