Incident at 5018 Curtin
January 8, 2007 -- A suspect
who threatened Houston police officers and family members with
a deadly weapon was fatally shot by an officer at 5018 Curtin
about 5:25 p.m. on Sunday (Jan. 7).
The deceased suspect is identified as Omar B.
Esparza (H/m, DOB 2-21-85). The officer who discharged his duty
weapon, R.D. Chaison Jr., was not injured.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant T. Huynh and Officer
K. Carr reported:
Patrol officers were dispatched to the residence
at 5018 Curtin about 3:15 p.m. for a disturbance involving a male.
The caller reported the male was very violent and armed with a
hammer. Officers arrived and were met by the suspect's parents
as they stood outside. The parents informed officers the suspect
had assaulted his sister and was destroying the house with a hammer.
The parents further told officers they needed their assistance
in taking the suspect to the Neuro Psychiatric Center at Ben Taub
Officers attempted to communicate with the suspect
through the door, with no positive result. The suspect threatened
he would beat officers with the hammer. At that time, an officer
with the Crisis Intervention Team was called and arrived to establish
communication with the suspect and diffuse the situation. Officers
spent nearly two hours talking to the suspect, but he would not
put down the weapon and continued to show aggressive behavior,
including threatening officers with the hammer. When officers
encountered the suspect inside the home, the suspect charged at
them with the hammer raised above his head as if he was about
to strike the officers with it. One officer fired his soft impact
weapon (beanbag rounds) several times at the suspect, but the
rounds had no effect because the suspect was wearing multiple
layers of clothing. The suspect continued to charge at officers
and a second officer deployed his Taser, but the Taser darts did
not make contact with the suspect. As the suspect got even closer
to officers with the hammer raised in a
threatening manner, Officer Chaison fired his duty weapon several
times, fatally wounding the suspect.
Officer Chaison, assigned to the South Central
Patrol Division, was sworn in
as an officer in May 2001.
As is customary in 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.
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