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Incident at 2200 Binley

February 9, 2006 -- Charges have been filed against a juvenile female suspect wounded by a Houston police officer after she tried to attack the officer with a knife at 2200 Binley about 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday (Feb. 8).

The suspect, 16, was treated and released from Ben Taub General Hospital for a grazing gunshot wound to her left foot. The female has been referred to Harris County Juvenile Probation authorities on charges of aggravated assault of a police officer.

The officer who discharged his weapon, C.W. Jackson of the Westside Patrol Division, was not injured.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J.T. Wyers and Officer T.S. Tyler reported:

Officer Jackson was dispatched to a suicide-in-progress call to 2200 Foreland in which a 16-year-old female was locked in a bedroom and threatening to kill herself. Another officer, R. Brown, volunteered to check by on the call. Prior to the officers' arrivals, information was received from a dispatcher stating the female had relocated to a park at Gentryside Drive at 2200 Binley Drive. Officers arrived there and saw the parents of the female standing in the street by the park, signaling officers to the location. As Officers Brown and Jackson approached the female, they saw her pull out a large knife. The female became erratic and started to move rapidly towards the officers. The officers attempted to use verbal commands numerous times in order to get the female to drop the knife, and continued to back away from her as they gave
those commands. When the female pointed the weapon toward Officer Jackson, Officers Jackson and Brown deployed their Tasers, but it did not stop the female from moving in their direction. When Officer Brown deployed his Taser, the female's quick movements might have caused one of the Taser darts to miss her. The female was seen pulling a dart from her sweatshirt. She then became very aggressive, and still armed with the knife, ran towards Officer Jackson. The officer continued to retreat and fired two shots toward the female, wounding her one time. Officers then took the knife away from the female without further incident.

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

JFC/RMM 2-9-06
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For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.