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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.

GO/JFC 1-9-07
Inc# 003998207

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