January 20, 2015 - Houston police are asking for the public's assistance in identifying two suspects wanted in an incident in which an off-duty officer discharged a weapon at 6121 Irvington about 1:45 p.m. on Monday (Jan. 19).
One suspect is described only as a black male in his mid 30s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall with short hair, and an unshaven and chubby face. The male was wearing a navy blue down style jacket. The second suspect, believed to be a male driving the suspects' vehicle, was wearing a black down style jacket. It is not known if either suspect was wounded.
The off-duty officer who discharged his weapon, B. Cheng, was not injured. Officer Cheng was sworn in as an officer in May 2013.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant K. Tolls and Senior Police Officer R. Cervantes reported:
Officer Cheng, while off duty, stopped to get gas for his car at the gas station at the above address. The officer was accompanied by a friend getting gas for his own car. The officer, after placing the gas hose into his car's gas tank, walked back to speak with his friend. Moments later, the officer's friend alerted him to something going on with his car. The officer turned and saw a metallic blue Chrysler 200 parked and facing him, alongside his car. The passenger door of the officer's car was opened and a person (suspect) was inside of the car. The officer, fearing this person would soon get his off-duty weapon and would become armed, immediately went to the trunk of his car to get his duty weapon.
However, the officer's attention turned to the driver of the blue suspect vehicle because his friend had walked up to the suspect vehicle and had kicked its passenger door. The driver became irate, screamed at them and leaned over and reached down for something. The officer believed the driver was reaching for a weapon. Simultaneously, the suspect inside of the officer’s vehicle exited and was advancing towards him and his friend in a crouched manner. The officer quickly opened the trunk of his car and was able to get his duty weapon from his duty belt. The suspect, seen advancing toward the officer and his friend, disappeared from view. The officer's attention turned back to the driver, who was still looking at them and yelling at them. The officer, believing the driver was going to shoot him and his friend, discharged his weapon at the driver. As the suspects’ vehicle sped off, the initial suspect peered up from the backseat and was looking out the rear window at them.
No witnesses have come forward at this time.
Investigators urge anyone with information in this case to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.