Investigation into Incident at 4002 Corder
December 28, 2015 - Houston police are investigating an incident in which an HPD officer discharged his duty weapon, striking a suspect, at 4002 Corder about 8:10 p.m. on Friday (Dec. 25).
The suspect, 16, suffered a non-life threatening wound and was transported to an area hospital in stable condition.
Officer J. Walsh, who discharged his duty weapon, suffered a laceration to his knee and was also transported to an area hospital for treatment. Officer Walsh was sworn in as an HPD officer in April 2015 and is assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J. Parker and Senior Police Officer M. Coleman reported:
HPD patrol officers responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting a male armed with a weapon in an apartment complex at 4001 Corder. Upon arrival, Officer Walsh observed a male suspect matching the description provided by the caller. Upon seeing Officer Walsh, the suspect fled into a nearby apartment complex at 4002 Corder. During the foot pursuit, Officer Walsh slipped and fell, cutting his knee. At this point, the suspect turned toward Officer Walsh and reached into in his waistband. When Officer Walsh got up, the suspect turned and again fled. The foot pursuit continued around the building until the suspect came to a fence blocking his path. The suspect again turned toward Officer Walsh and again reached into his waistband. Believing the suspect may have a weapon and fearing his safety, Officer Walsh drew his duty weapon. The suspect then turned and attempted to climb the fence. Officer Walsh, being only feet away from the suspect, made a split second decision to take hold of the suspect with his free hand. In doing so, the suspect fell backward, landing on Officer Walsh. Officer Walsh's duty weapon, which was in his other hand, discharged striking the suspect.
With the assistance of another patrol officer who had just arrived, Officer Walsh detained the suspect. He was then transported to an area hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening wound. Officer Walsh was then also transported to for treatment of his knee injury.
As is customary in HPD officer-involved shooting incidents within 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.
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.