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