February 4, 2012 - Houston police have arrested a suspect charged in an incident in which HPD officers discharged their duty weapons at the suspect at 614 West Greens Road about 11 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 2).
The suspect, Carlist Ray Brinkley, Jr. (b/m, DOB: 4-20-79) is charged with felony theft and criminal mischief in the 208th State District Court. He sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and was transported to Memorial Hermann Northwest where he was treated and released. A mugshot of Brinkley is attached to this news release.
HPD Officers E. Campuzano, L. Castillo and J. Hicok, assigned to the North Patrol Division, discharged their duty weapons. Officer Campuzano was sworn in as an officer in June 2009. Officer Castillo was sworn in as an officer in January 2009. Officer Hicok was sworn in as an officer in September 2009. One officer suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J. Burton and Officer I. Duplechain reported:
A catering van was stolen from the Healthy Lunch Box Catering business at the above address earlier in January and the business was burglarized a second time on Friday (Feb. 1). Believing the suspect might return, the business owners blocked the gate and watched the parking lot overnight. They called 911 when they observed Brinkley enter the fenced-in business parking lot and attempt to steal one of the catering vans. Brinkley then attempted to drive the van through a wooden fence without success.
Officers Campuzano and Castillo arrived on scene and witnessed Brinkley attempting to flee in the catering van and gave him verbal commands to stop. He ignored those commands and attempted to strike the officers with the vehicle. Officers Campuzano and Castillo, fearing for their lives, discharged their duty weapons. Brinkley then successfully rammed and destroyed a metal fence, drove across Greens Road, through the median and struck a low concrete wall on the other side of the street. Brinkely then attempted to reverse the vehicle and struck one of the officers with the vehicle, knocking him down. Brinkley struck the median a second time and then struck a light pole while driving backwards. The impact of the van then caused several transformers to explode.
Officer Hicok and his partner arrived on the scene and believed the suspect to be armed. Officer Hicok, also in fear of his life, discharged his duty weapon at the suspect. The officers then took Brinkley into custody without further incident.
As is customary in HPD officer-involved shooting incidents in 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.