Update on Incidents at 3816 Bellaire Blvd. and 1800 El Paseo
August 21, 2007 - Houston police have learned the identity of a suspect fatally shot after he shot at uniformed police officers from the West University and Southside Place Police Departments at 3816 Bellaire Boulevard about 5:20 p.m. on Monday (Aug. 20).
The suspect is identified as Clifton Gerald Eames (b/m, DOB 12-10-71). He sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he died. Prior to his death, Eames fatally shot his estranged wife, Mina Louise Rosenthal-Eames, 31, of 5518 Brookhollow Pine Court. Ms. Rosenthal-Eames sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead on the scene at 3816 Bellaire Boulevard.
West University Chief of Police Ken Walker and Southside Place Chief Lonnie Bernhart said Officer Alex Gomez, a one-year veteran of the West University Police Department, and Officer Stephen Mulligan, a 23-year veteran of the Southside Place Police Department, discharged their service weapons as the suspect fired upon them.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J.H. Roberts and Officer L.K. Lovelace report:
At approximately 5:10 p.m. on Monday, the suspect ambushed his estranged wife as she returned to her vehicle in the 1800 block of El Paseo. The suspect shot her multiple times, put her into his vehicle and fled. Minutes later, the suspect arrived and entered the St. Mark's Episcopal Church and school at 3816 Bellaire Boulevard armed with multiple weapons and instructed witnesses to call police. Responding officers from West University and Southside Place were met by gunfire from the suspect. Officers returned fire, striking the suspect several times. The female victim was then located inside the suspect's car at the church.
At the request of the agencies involved, the HPD Homicide Division will lead the investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident. As is customary with officer-involved shootings, each agency's Internal Investigations Units and the Harris County District Attorney's office are investigating the incident.
Update JFC/NJM 8-21-07
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