Charges Filed in Aggravated Assault Incident at 6900 Mlk Blvd

February 5, 2010 - Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested for shooting a man and pointing a weapon at a Houston police officer at 6900 Martin Luther King Blv. about 8 p.m. on Thursday (Feb. 4).

The suspect, Charles Walter White, Jr. (b/m, DOB: 12-3-81), is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 178th State District Court. The wounded victim, Fredrick Howard, 19, was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he underwent surgery and is expected to recover.

The officer, M. Valle, assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division, was not injured in this incident. Officer Valle was sworn in as an officer in April 2007.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant K.R. Tolls and Officer J.E. Rodriguez reported:

Officer Valle and his partner were traveling on Martin Luther King Boulevard in a marked patrol unit when they saw two individuals, Howard and a male acquaintance, walking down the street. The two men were approached by White, who attempted to rob them at gunpoint. An altercation ensued, at which time White placed the pistol to the chest of Howard’s acquaintance and pulled the trigger. The gun did not discharge and the acquaintance fled on foot. White then chambered a live cartridge into the gun and fired one shot at Howard, striking him in the lower back.

Immediately after witnessing the incident, Officer Valle and his partner attempted to confront suspect White, who was fleeing the scene. White aimed his pistol in the direction of the officers and Officer Valle ordered White to drop his weapon. White ignored all verbal commands and Officer Valle, fearing for the safety of nearby citizens at a church and himself, discharged his duty weapon one time. White was not struck and immediately dropped his weapon and surrendered to officers with no further incident.

As is customary in HPD officer-involved shootings in the city limits, this case will be investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions.

JKS/JFC 2-5-10
Inc. #017333510

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.

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