Incident at 5601 Hoover

June 4, 2007 - Charges have been filed against a burglary suspect wounded by a Houston police officer at 5601 Hoover about 12:55 p.m. on Sunday (June 3).

The suspect, Clifford Jackson Fairfax (b/m, DOB: 12-5-64), was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg. Fairfax is charged with burglary of a habitation in the 339th State District Court. He was also wanted on an outstanding parole violation warrant for burglary.

Officer R. Madrid, who discharged his service revolver, was sworn in as an HPD officer in December 1990 and is assigned to the North Patrol Division. He was not injured in the incident.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant D.A. Ferguson and Officer T.S. Tyler reported:

Officer Madrid was at the corner of April and Acorn when a homeowner at 5601 Hoover got the officer's attention. The homeowner told the officer that a burglar was inside of his home. As Officer Madrid and the homeowner pulled up to the house, they observed suspect Fairfax jump through a glass window on the side of the house and begin to run through the yard. Officer Madrid observed an unknown black object in Fairfax's hand and began yelling for him to drop the object and get on the ground. During the foot chase, Fairfax turned towards the officer while still holding the object. Believing that Fairfax was about to shoot him, Officer Madrid discharged his service revolver striking Fairfax one time. The object was the suspect's black wallet.

As is customary in officer-involved shootings in the city limits, the case is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions and the Harris County District Attorney's office.

NJM/JFC 6-4-07
Inc #81607707

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