Incident at 4323 Osby
October 23, 2006 -- A knife-wielding
suspect who attempted to attack a Houston police officer was fatally
shot at 4323 Osby about 1:15 a.m. today (October 23).
The suspect's identity is being withheld pending
notification to family members.
The officer, Richard Kennedy, assigned to the
Southwest Patrol Division and sworn in as an officer in August
of 1999, was not injured.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeants C.W. Howard,
M.W. McStravick and J. McGalin
Officer Kennedy was working an extra job, providing
security services for the Willow Meadows subdivision when he encountered
the suspect in the 4300 block of Wigton. The suspect fit the description
of a knife-wielding suspect responsible for recent home invasions
in the area. As Officer Kennedy approached the suspect, the suspect
began yelling and behaving in an irate manner, before fleeing
The suspect hid in the backyard of a residence
at 4323 Osby, but was located by Officer Kennedy and back-up officers.
Officer Kennedy saw the suspect holding two knives and repeatedly
gave him verbal commands to drop his weapons and lie on the ground.
The suspect ignored all verbal commands, raised the knives, and
charged at the officer. At that time, Officer Kennedy discharged
his duty weapon and shot the suspect.
Officers on scene immediately called for medical
assistance for the suspect, who was pronounced dead by paramedics.
As is customary in all officer-involved shootings
in the city limits, the incident 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 a 713-308-3200.