Charges Filed Against Armed Suspect Shot by Deputy

May 26, 2009 - Charges have been filed against an armed suspect wounded by an off-duty Harris County sheriff’s deputy at 11814 Wilcrest about 6:45 p.m. on Friday (May 22).

The suspect, Leslie Johnson (b/m, DOB: 6/4/66), is charged with robbery by bodily injury in the 174th State District Court.  He was treated and released from Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital for a gunshot wound to the left leg.

Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Samuel Hayes, who discharged his weapon, received cuts to his face, head and mouth during a struggle with Johnson.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant R.D Chandler and Senior Police Officer L.K. Lovelace reported:

Deputy Hayes was off-duty and in plain clothes when he stopped at the Exxon station on the corner of the Southwest Freeway and Wilcrest.  While inside, Deputy Hayes saw Johnson enter the store, take several cases of beer, and attempt to leave without paying.  Hayes identified himself as a peace officer and gave Johnson verbal commands to stop, which the suspect refused.  A fight ensued, during which Johnson produced a utility knife.  At that time, Deputy Hayes fired at the suspect, striking him once in the left leg.

Johnson attempted to flee but was subdued and detained until HPD patrol units arrived.

Inc. #074226409


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