January 7, 2012 - Houston police are investigating an incident in which an off-duty Houston police officer discharged his duty weapon at burglary of a motor vehicle suspects in the 1500 block of West Bay Area Boulevard about 3:15 p.m. last Friday (Jan. 4).
Officer S. McGee, who discharged his duty weapon, was not injured in the incident. Officer Mcgee is assigned to the Clear Lake Patrol Division and was sworn in as an officer in June 2007.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant S. Murdock and Officer J. Rexroad reported:
Officer McGee was off-duty and working an approved extra job when he observed a silver Pontiac Grand Prix, occupied by two black male suspects, driving through the mall parking lot, stopping periodically to allow the driver to peer into vehicles. The officer became suspicious of their behavior and, believing the suspects were attempting to burglarize a vehicle, began to watch them. He then followed the suspects across the street to a shopping center where the driver smashed the window of a Chevrolet pickup truck.
Officer Mcgee, in full uniform, then approached the suspects, identified himself as an HPD officer, and gave the suspect numerous commands to show his hands, which were ignored. The suspect, who was wearing a heavy parka-type jacket, then began to make movements around his waistband and appeared to be pulling a bulky object from his jacket. Fearing the suspect was armed, and in fear of his life, Officer Mcgee discharged his duty weapon at the suspect.
The suspect then got back in his vehicle, fled across the street and back into the mall parking lot, where he struck a curb and disabled his vehicle. The suspect and passenger then fled on foot into the mall, where there were not located.
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.
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.