Suspect Dies After Fatally Shooting Man at 8335 Veterans Memorial
July 22, 2008 - A suspect who fatally shot a man at 8335 Veterans Memorial Drive about 10:55 p.m. on Monday (July 21) became unresponsive and died after he fought with a responding Harris County Precinct One Deputy Constable and two other citizens.
The names and causes of death of the male shooting victim and the suspect are pending verification by the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office. The deputy constable suffered cuts and abrasions, but was not seriously hurt.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J.D. Shirley and Officer J. Robles reported:
The victim and suspect were inside a convenience store at 8335 Veterans Memorial when they got into an argument about money. The suspect was holding a gun which the two men began to struggle over. During the struggle for the gun, the suspect shot the victim multiple times and then pointed the gun at a store clerk who witnessed the altercation. The suspect, who may have been under the influence of narcotics, began firing wildly inside the store and at the store clerk who was unharmed due to a bullet proof cashier’s cage. The suspect then fled the store and carjacked a patron, stealing a vehicle at gunpoint. Soon after fleeing in the vehicle, the suspect crashed the car in front of a Precinct One deputy constable assisting a stranded motorist. The suspect got out of the car and held the deputy constable at gunpoint. When the deputy took cover behind his patrol vehicle, the suspect got into the patrol vehicle and attempted to drive off in it. When that was unsuccessful and the suspect got out of the patrol vehicle, he and the deputy constable got into a struggle over the suspect’s gun. The deputy managed to knock the gun from the suspect’s hand. In turn, the suspect began to fight with the deputy. During the fight, two wrecker drivers assisted the deputy and helped him get the suspect into custody.
Before the suspect was placed into the deputy’s patrol vehicle, he stopped breathing. He was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. As is customary in in-custody deaths in the city limits, the incident is being investigated by the HPD Homicide Division.