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Incident at 6500 Dunlap

December 6, 2005 -- Charges are pending against an armed suspect who threatened two Houston police officers and was shot during the confrontation at 6500 Dunlap about 9:15 p.m. on Monday (Dec. 5).

The wounded suspect, Johnathan Ray Ford (b/m, DOB 1/20/83), was struck at least once in the waist area and transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he is listed is serious, but stable condition.

A second suspect, Quintin Maxwell Thompson (b/m, DOB 4/6/83), was taken into custody for further investigation on a variety of cases.

HPD Homicide Division Officers M. Walker and K. Carr reported:

HPD Officers M.A. Valles and D.F. De Torres, while on routine patrol, observed a suspicious 2003 Honda sports utility vehicle near Hillcroft and Bellaire. The vehicle, with two men inside, matched the description of a vehicle used in several robberies earlier in the day. The vehicle was stopped at 6500 Dunlap for further investigation. A registration check of the suspects' vehicle revealed that it was stolen during a burglary of a residence one day earlier.

As Officer Valles took custody of the driver (Thompson), the passenger (Ford) exited he front seat of the Honda holding a handgun. When Johnathan Ford raised his weapon in a threatening manner, Officer Valles fired his service weapon twice, striking Ford at least once. Ford attempted to run, but fell to the ground several feet away.

Officer Valles is assigned to the Fondren Patrol Division. He was sworn in as an officer in December 1995. As is customary, the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions and the Harris County District Attorney's office are investigating the incident.

NJM/ JFC 12/6/05
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