Houston Police Department
Armed Robber Fatally Shot at 5335 Gulf Freeway

April 19, 2012 - Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of an armed robbery suspect at 5335 Gulf Freeway (South Interstate Highway 45) service road about 11 p.m. on Wednesday (April 18).

The identity of the male suspect is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two Houston police officers who discharged their weapons - Sergeant L. Bronikowski and Officer C. Cayton of the Narcotics Division - were not injured. Sergeant Bronikowski was sworn in as an officer in April of 1983 and Officer Cayton in August of 2000.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant D. Hayes and Officer L. Carbollo reported:

Undercover HPD narcotics officers were standing on the parking lot behind the Luby's restaurant at the above location and meeting to discuss an earlier operation when they were suddenly approached by the male suspect with a bandana covering his face and armed with a gun. The suspect pointed the gun at the officers and demanded money from them. Two officers, fearing for their safety, discharged their duty weapons and exchanged gunfire with the suspect. The officers were not hit. Paramedics pronounced the suspect deceased.

As is customary in HPD officer-involved shootings involving injury in the city limits, the incident is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions as well as the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

JFC/KJS 4-19-12
Inc #049104412

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