Officer-Involved Shooting Incident at 3333 Old Spanish Trail
October 15, 2008 - Houston police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects, one of whom pointed a gun at an officer, forcing the officer to discharge his weapon in self-defense during an incident at 3333 Old Spanish Trail about 12:20 a.m. today (Oct. 15).
Officer M.B. King of the Southeast Patrol Division, and sworn in as an officer in December 2002, was not injured. It is unknown at this time if the single shot discharged by Officer King struck one of the unknown suspects. Both suspects are described only as black males. One is 22-24 years old, weighs about 250 pounds and was wearing a red T-shirt and red shorts. The other is about 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighs about 175 pounds and was wearing a white, muscle-style T-shirt and blue jeans.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant P. LeBlanc and Officer B.D. Evans reported:
Officer King and two other officers, O.D. Lewis and D.R. Lightener, were working an extra job at a parking lot used by patrons of a nightclub. Officer King, in his personal vehicle, saw two black male suspects get out of a vehicle and look into parked vehicles. As Officer King alerted the two other officers of the suspicious activity, one of the suspects began to break into one of the parked vehicles. Officers Lewis and Lightener arrived to the area in the parking lot and saw the suspect heading to a waiting silver Chevrolet Impala with one male already inside. The two officers ordered the suspect to get on the ground, but the suspect refused the commands and instead entered the front passenger’s seat of the Impala. Officer King, while on the driver’s side of the vehicle, saw the suspect make a move inside the vehicle. The suspect then pulled a silver-colored semiautomatic pistol and turned the gun toward Officer King. At that time, Officer King discharged his weapon one time. The Impala then fled the parking lot, traveling west on Old Spanish Trail.
Anyone with information on the identities of the suspects is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
As is customary in officer-involved shooting incidents in the city limits, the case is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions as well as the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.