Incident at 4600 Knoxville
January 9, 2007 -- A suspect
who Tasered and injured a Houston police officer was fatally shot
by the officer in the 4600 block of Knoxville about 1 p.m. on
Monday (January 8).
The suspect, Robert B. McIntosh (b/m, DOB 2-19-83),
of 4100 Barberry, died at the scene.
Officer L.D. Smith, assigned to the Southeast
Patrol Division, was sworn in as an officer in March 1998. Officer
Smith, was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital for treatment
of a broken thumb.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant G. Gonzales and
Officer R. Martinez reported:
Officer Smith conducted a traffic stop in the
4600 block of Knoxville and discovered the female driver to have
a warrant out of Bexar County. After placing the female in the
backseat of the patrol car, Officer Smith went back to speak to
the suspect, who was in the front passenger seat of the car. Officer
Smith could smell an odor of PCP narcotics and removed the suspect
from the vehicle, walked him to the rear of the vehicle and attempted
to handcuff him. The suspect then turned around and began struggling
and swinging at Officer Smith before running away from the officer.
Officer Smith pulled his Taser and discharged
once, striking the suspect in the back with no affect as the suspect
continued to run. Officer Smith was able to grab the suspect after
running approximately 75 yards. They fell into a ditch, and again
Officer Smith struggled with the suspect, using his Taser twice
on the suspect with no affect. The suspect then grabbed Officer
Smith's right hand and turned the Taser on the officer, in the
process breaking Officer Smith's thumb. The suspect managed to
Taser Officer Smith on the right shoulder and again on his neck.
Officer Smith, then fearing for his life, retrieved his service
weapon and shot the suspect several times.
The suspect was later found to have a large amount
of narcotics and cash in his possession.
As is customary in all officer-involved shootings
in the city limits, this case is being investigated by the HPD
Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions and the Civil Rights Unit
of the Harris County District Attorney's office.
additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs
Division at 713-308-3200.