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UPDATE: Charges Filed in HPD Officer's Death at 101 North Loop East

May 29, 2011 - Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a traffic accident that killed an on-duty Houston police officer at 101 North Loop East (North Interstate Highway 610 East) about 3:45 a.m. today (May 29).

The suspect, Johoan Rodriguez (H/m, DOB: 4-13-85), is charged with intoxication manslaughter of a peace officer, felony evading in a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance in the 183rd State District Court.  A photo of suspect Rodriguez (with injuries sustained in the accident) is attached to this news release.

Officer Kevin S. Will, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Officer Will, who was sworn in as an officer in Sept. 2009, was assigned to the Vehicular Crimes Division.  A photo of Officer Will is attached to this news release.

HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant D. Usher and Officer C. Hall reported:

Officer Will was on duty, conducting an investigation on a previous accident on the 610 North Loop near Yale when Rodriguez, driving a silver Volkswagen Beetle, passed through a police barricade blocking the freeway.  Officers pursued the Volkswagon but, before it could be stopped, the vehicle fatally struck Officer Will.  Rodriguez was taken into custody at the scene and then transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

Officer Will is survived by his wife and two children.

Officer Kevin S. Will
Officer Kevin Scott Will
Johoan Rodriguez
Johoan Rodriguez

VHS/JFC  5-29-11
Inc. #069135511

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