Incident at 2820 Hillcroft
June 21, 2006 -- Houston police
are investigating the fatal shooting of a bank robbery suspect
at 2820 Hillcroft about 9:20 a.m. on Monday (June 19).
The suspect, Erika Tyrone (DOB 9-21-77), was
transported to Memorial Hermann
Southwest Hospital with a gunshot wound to the stomach. She was
pronounced dead at the hospital.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant B. Harris and
Officer T.J. McCorvey reported:
Officers responded to a robbery-in progress call
at the Wells Fargo Bank, 2824 Hillcroft, and arrived within minutes.
After arriving first, Officer K.M. Crellin was given a description
of the female suspect by the bank manager and was told that she
was seen entering the Jack-in-the-Box restaurant across the street.
Officer Crellin then gave the information over the police radio
to responding officers.
As secondary Officer R.L. Curl arrived, he and
Officer Crellin approached the restaurant. Officers could see
and hear numerous small children and adults running and screaming
to the bathroom area of the restaurant. Officers were concerned
that the female would get to the area where the small children
were hiding when they entered the business. Officer Crellin saw
the suspect point a gun at Officer Curl, who was entering the
store through the front door. Officer Curl fired a shot at the
suspect, then heard another shot. The second shot came from Officer
Crellin, who struck the suspect on her side. Officer Crellin then
saw the suspect raise her gun again looking for Officer Curl.
Officer Crellin again fired his weapon and struck the suspect
a second time on her side. Paramedics then transported the suspect
to the hospital.
It was discovered the gun the suspect had was
an air pistol that looked like a Colt .45. The suspect also left
a note at the scene indicating her actions might have been a planned
Officers Crellin and Curl are assigned to the
Westside Patrol Division. Officer Crellin was sworn in as an officer
in May 1980 while Officer Curl was sworn in as an officer in October
1991. Neither officer was injured during the incident.
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
information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at