Incident at 5007 Claremont
July 7, 2006 -- Houston police
have arrested and filed charges with the Harris County District
Attorney's office against a man who was shot by an off-duty HPD
officer after the burglary of a home at 5007 Claremont on Wednesday,
July 5, 2006 at around 10:35 p.m.
According to Houston Police Department Homicide
Division Investigators E. Carstens and P. Yochum, HPD Officer
G. Gutierrez was contacted by a family member who stated someone
was breaking into her garage. Officer Gutierrez, who was off-duty,
was already in the area and drove to the location. Upon arrival,
Officer Gutierrez confronted the suspect, Harold Joseph Natale
(bm/ DOB 12-23-76), who was in the street pushing a large metal
toolbox on wheels that was stolen from the garage of the officer's
Officer Gutierrez identified himself as a police
officer and while taking Natale into custody a struggled ensued.
During the struggle, the officer discharged his duty weapon striking
Natale in the foot. Natale was transported to Ben Taub General
Hospital where he is listed in stable condition. Harold Joseph
Natale has been charged with assault-bodily injury to a public
servant, burglary of a building and possession of a controlled
substance (cocaine) in the 338th State District Court.
The Houston Police Department Homicide Division,
Internal Affairs Division and Harris County District Attorney's
office are investigating this incident.
AW/ MES 7-7-06
Inc # 103944906-B
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