September 17, 2012 - Houston police are investigating an incident in which two HPD officers discharged their weapons at an armed suspect at 1500 Nagle about 11:45 p.m. last Thursday (Sept. 13).
The suspect, Labaran Idakoji, 26, of Newark, California, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Idakoji's father, Abukar Idakoji, 62, and brother, Ibraham Idakoji, 29, both of Newark, California, suffered multiple stab wounds and were transported to local hospitals in critical condition. Additionally, another brother of suspect Idakoji, Idris Idakoji, 32, also of Newark, California, suffered a cut to his face and was treated at the scene. Suspect Idakoji's sister, Bilkisu Idakoji, 31, of Houston, suffered minor injuries to the face and was also treated at the scene.
The two HPD officers who discharged their weapons, J. Rincon and J. Morley, were not seriously injured in this incident. Officer Rincone was sworn in as an officer in November, 2008 and Officer Morley was sworn in as an officer in January, 2009. Both officers are assigned to the South Central Patrol Division.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeants T. Pool and S. Murdock reported:
The suspect, Labaran Idakoji, was visiitng his sister, Bilkisu Idakoji, at her home in the 1500 block of Nagle Thursday afternon when, for no apparent reason, he assaulted her. Family members separated the two and spent the next several hours attempting to calm Labaran.
Later that evening, family members began leaving the home, believing the situation had been resolved. As they did so, Labaran produced a knife and began stabbing his father, Abukar Idakoji. Ibraham Idakoji attempted to stop the attack against his father, but was then attacked by Labaran, who also attacked a second brother with the knife. Other family members then intervened, trying to disarm Labaran with a large piece of lumber.
HPD Officers Rincon and Morely responded to a family disturbance with a weapon call at the above address and arrived to find several people fighting with clubs, pipes and other weapons. The officers ordered everyone to stop fighting and to get on the ground. Labaran refused and was observed to have a knife in his hand. Officer Rincon repeatedly ordered Labaran to drop the knife, but he refused and instead advanced toward the officers in a threatening manner. The officers, fearing for their safety, discharged their duty weapons, striking the suspect.
The officers then rendered first aid to the suspect until HFD medical personnel arrived and pronounced him dead.
As is customary in HPD officer-involved shootings within the city limits, this case is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions and the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.