Incident at 8106 Martin Luther King Boulevard
August 5, 2007 - Houston police are investigating an aggravated robbery of a woman and the attempted capital murder of a peace officer at 8106 Martin Luther King Boulevard about 2 p.m. on Saturday (August 4).
The peace officer, Precinct 7 Reserve Deputy Constable Cline A. Armstrong, 63, was not injured in the incident.
The female victim, Kathryn J. Kay, 57, of 7800 Belbay, received a possible concussion and scrapes and abrasions.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant C. E. Elliott and Officer J.C. Bonaby reported:
Ms. Kay was getting out of her blue 2000 four-door Chrysler Concord in the parking lot when two unknown suspects approached her and demanded her car keys, purse and vehicle. As Kay struggled with the suspects and called for help, she was struck in the head with a pistol.
Reserve Deputy Constable Armstrong, who was off-duty and in plain clothes inside the store, overheard witnesses state a woman was being beaten and robbed. Armstrong pulled out his badge chained around his neck and went outside to intervene. He confronted and fought with both suspects. One of the suspects pointed his weapon at Armstrong's chest and squeezed the trigger twice, but the weapon apparently misfired. As Armstrong attempted to retreat and take Kay with him, he fell to the ground. The suspect got out of the vehicle and again tried to shoot Armstrong. Armstrong then went to his truck and attempted to use it to block the Concord from fleeing. At this time, the second suspect took Kay's purse and fled on foot. The suspect in the Concord began to back up the vehicle and knocked Kay to the ground as she tried to stop him. The
The Concord was located nearby about 5 p.m. It had been set on fire.
As is customary in officer-involved shootings in the city limits, the case is being investigated by the HPD Homicide Division and the Harris County District Attorney's office.
VHS /JFC 8-5-07
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