March 14, 2014 - Houston police are investigating an incident in which a HPD officer discharged his duty weapon at 7300 Ardmore about 4 a.m. on Thursday (March 13).
One suspect, Tearral Cornilus Field (b/m, 49), is charged with evading arrest and theft in the 209th State District Court. A second suspect remains at large.
A photo of suspect Field is attached to this news release.
Officer J. Martinez. who discharged his duty weapon, was not injured in the incident. Officer Martinez, who was sworn in as an officer in December, 2001, is assigned to the South Central Patrol Division.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant E. Cisneros, Senior Police Officer J. Villareal and Officer V. McLean reported:
Officer Martinez responded to a report of a burglary of motor in progress at the above address. Upon arrival, he saw two black males behind a parked vehicle on blocks with the tires removed. Officer Martinez identified himself as a HPD officer and gave the suspects verbal commands. The suspects ignored the commands, got into their vehicle and accelerated toward the officer. Officer Martinez, trapped between a parked vehicle and his patrol car, and fearing for his safety, discharged his duty weapon, striking the suspect vehicle. The suspects then continued fleeing northbound on Ardmore, pursued by responding HPD officers. The suspects' vehicle was stopped in the 6300 block of Almeda. Both suspects then fled on foot. Suspect Field was taken into custody. The driver of the vehicle remains at large.
As is customary in incidents in which an HPD officer discharges his duty weapon in the city limits, this case is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions as well as the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
Tearral Cornilus Field
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.