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Incident at 2500 Woodland Park Drive

June 1, 2006 -- Charges of aggravated assault against a public servant are pending against a suspect wounded by a Houston police officer after he pointed a pistol at three Houston police officers in the 2500 block of Woodland Park Drive about 6:30 a.m. today (June 1).

The suspect, Eric William Goodman (w/m, DOB 9/2/59), was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital in stable condition after receiving a single gunshot wound to his stomach. The officer who discharged his weapon, M.J. Hightower of the Westside Patrol Division was sworn in as an officer in March 1982. There were no other injuries.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants D.A. Ferguson and B.C. McDaniel reported:

Officers were dispatched to a disturbance call involving a man with a gun at 2500 Woodland Park Drive. Upon arrival, responding officers observed Goodman yelling at a female and observed a pistol in his waistband. Goodman began moving the pistol up and down with his right hand, and when ordered to show his hands, he instead turned around and began pointing his pistol at officers. Officer Hightower fired his weapon, striking Goodman. Goodman's semi-automatic pistol was recovered at the scene.

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

NJM/JFC 6-1-06
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For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.