November 4, 2013 - Houston police have arrested a suspect charged in an incident in which an HPD officer discharged his duty weapon at 14001 Fondren about 4 a.m. on Sunday (Nov. 3).
The suspect, Demontre D. Bridges (b/m, DOB: 9-21-96), is facing charges of attempting to disarm a police officer, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading arrest. The charges were being filed by the Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office. A photo of the suspect is not available at this time.
Officer M. Rivera, who discharged his duty weapon, suffered minor bruises in the incident. He was sworn in as a officer in March 2009 and is assigned to the Southwest Patrol Division.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M. McStravick and Senior Police Officer T. Andrade reported:
Officer Rivera and his partner, riding a two-man unit, received information regarding a stolen vehicle. They then searched the area looking for the described vehicle. At approximately 4 a.m., the officers located the stolen vehicle leaving a parking space at the above address. They then attempted to arrest the driver (Bridges), who attempted to exit the stolen vehicle after seeing the officers. The suspect refused to follow the officers' verbal commands and was able to push the driver's side door open quickly, causing Officer Rivera's partner to be wedged between two vehicles. Bridges then exited the vehicle, and ignoring the officers' commands to stop, attempted to disarm Officer Rivera by trying to grab and knock his duty weapon out of his hands. At that time, the suspect broke the Taser holster free from the officer's gunbelt. Bridges then began struggling with Officer Rivera and they were both partially knocked to the ground. Officer Rivera, fearing for his safety as well as his partner's safety, discharged his duty weapon one time at Bridges, who then fled the scene on foot. Bridges suffered a graze wound to the chest and was arrested without further incident a short while later in the same apartment complex.
Bridges was treated at a nearby hospital and released.
As is customary in HPD officer-involved shooting incidents in the City of Houston limits, this incident is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions. The Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office is also investigating.
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.