January 9, 2015 - Charges are pending against a burglary suspect involved in an incident in which a Houston police officer discharged his duty weapon at 16272 Imperial Valley Drive about 4:50 a.m. today (Jan. 9).
The suspect, Omar Campos, 19, received a gunshot wound to the leg and was treated and released from Houston Northwest Medical Center. He was taken to jail and has charges of felony burglary of a building and evading arrest pending against him. No photo of Campos is available at this time.
The officer who discharged his weapon, L. Castillo, of the North Patrol Division, was not injured. Officer Castillo was sworn in as an officer in January 2009.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant H. Garcia and Officer C. Cardenas reported:
Officer Castillo was looking for a suspect wanted in a burglary in-progress call at a meat market business at 179 Aldine Bender Road. The officer found one suspect and followed him to a strip center parking lot at 16272 Imperial Valley Drive. Officer Castillo gave verbal commands and instructions to the felony suspect. When the suspect made a rapid move of his hands toward his waist, the officer discharged his weapon, striking the suspect one time. Following a search, a weapon was not located on the suspect's person. Paramedics arrived and transported him to an area hospital where he was treated and released a few hours later.
As is customary when an HPD officer discharges a duty weapon in the city limits resulting in an injury, the incident is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions, as well as the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
Investigators are asking for anyone with information on three other felony suspects wanted in the burglary to contact the HPD Burglary and Theft Division at 713-308-0900 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.