Incident at 10500 Wolbrook
September 20, 2007 - Charges of aggravated assault of a public servant are pending against a
suspect who ran over a Houston police officer in the 10500 block of
Wolbrook about 2 a.m. today (Sept. 20).
The suspect, Rodney Dennis (b/m, DOB 9-6- 81), was arrested and found
in possession of an automatic pistol and crack cocaine. Two other
suspects, Nadia M. Johnson (b/f, DOB 12-25-88) and Paul Noel Prejean
(b/m, DOB 12-25-87), were also arrested and face undetermined charges at
The officer who was struck by suspect Dennis, Officer R.H. Medlin,
suffered a severely sprained right wrist and numerous scratches to his
right forearm after he was struck by and then thrown onto the
suspects' vehicle. Officer Medlin was treated and released from
Memorial Hermann Hospital.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant L.A. Flores and Officers R. Carstens and
J. Coffelt reported:
Officers assigned to the Northeast Patrol Division Tactical Unit were
driving an unmarked police vehicle and dressed in civilian clothes and
marked raid / arrest vests as they patrolled the Fontaine Place
neighborhood. While the officers were inside their vehicle, they were
waved at and then approached by suspect Rodney Dennis, who offered to
sell them crack cocaine. The officers attempted to arrest Dennis, who
went back to his vehicle and began to flee. When Officer Medlin got out
of the officers' vehicle and stood in the front yard of a residence,
suspect Dennis drove towards the officer. Officer Medlin attempted to
move out of the way but was struck and thrown onto the vehicle. The
officer's partner, Officer R.G. Gardiner, fearing for the safety of
officers on the scene, then fired his duty weapon at suspect Dennis as
he (Dennis) was still in the driver's seat. Dennis was not struck,
but did drive into a tree in the front yard of the residence. He was
then taken into custody. Officers found a weapon on Dennis'
possession and a second weapon in the suspects' vehicle.
Officer Medlin was sworn in as an HPD officer in June of 2003 and
Officer Gardiner in June of 2002.
As is customary in officer-involved shootings, the incident is being
investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions.
information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at