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Incident at 200 Holmes

April 13, 2007 -- Houston police are investigating the apparent self-inflicted fatal shooting of a suspect wanted in the attempted capital murder of a police officer at 200 Holmes about 5:30 a.m. today (Apr. 13).

The suspect, Julius Davis Jr. (b/m, DOB 2-6-83), was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants O. Belmarez and Sergeant L.A. Flores, and Officer E.R. Carstens reported:

At approximately 12:30 a.m. today, HPD Sergeant C. Morton attempted to stop a white Cadillac driven by Julius Davis Jr., at 12600 Richmond. A check of the license plate on the Cadillac revealed the vehicle had been involved in an aggravated robbery incident.

Davis fled at a high rate of speed, with Sgt. Morton in pursuit, to 100 Holmes where suspect Davis abandoned his vehicle behind a business and fled on foot. The suspect then ran into a storage lot where he fired a high-powered assault rifle at Sgt. Morton and other HPD officers.

Davis then ran into the Houston Ready Mix Company, where he continued to shoot at officers. He then stole a large sweeper truck, broke through a metal gate of the business and traveled north on Parcel Three Street towards Holmes at a high rate of speed.

As HPD officers were setting up a strip of tire spikes on Parcel Three Street, gunshots were heard coming from the stolen sweeper driven by Davis. HPD Officer I. Ulloa feared for his life and fellow officers and shot at the suspect as he drove past them. Davis lost control of the sweeper and flipped over as he attempted to turn right on Holmes. The suspect exited the sweeper, pointed his weapon towards Sgt. Morton and ran into a wooded area, where he continued to shoot at HPD officers.

The Houston Police Department’s SWAT team arrived and approached the area where Davis was barricaded and noticed no movement. SWAT officers observed the suspect lying on his back, deceased from a gunshot wound to the head. HPD Homicide Division officers arrived and observed no sign that Davis had been struck by shots fired by Officer I. Ulloa. The Harris County Medical Examiner's office will conduct an autopsy to determine the manner of the suspect's death.

As is customary in such incidents, the case is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

VHS/JFC 4-13-07
Inc# 53207807

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