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Incident at 11000 Westheimer

June 9, 2005 -- A 26-year-old man faces evading arrest charges as well as being in violation of his probation after being shot by an HPD Officer in an incident that occurred in the 11000 block of Westheimer on Thursday June 9, 2005 around 12:15 a.m.

According to Houston Police Department Homicide Investigators Sergeants Hal Kennedy and Louis Flores, HPD Officer Bobby Thompson, a 19 year veteran of Westside Patrol attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle as it traveled eastbound on Westheimer. The stop was initiated because the car was weaving in and out of traffic just past Hayes Street. The driver had refused to stop but finally pulled into a parking lot in the 11000 block of Westheimer. Officer Thompson ordered the driver of the vehicle, Timothy Thomas (bm/ DOB 7-11-78) numerous times via the patrol car's P.A. system to stay in the car and show his hands. Thomas ignored and got out of his car after being told not to. Officer Thompson ordered Thomas to get back into his car, however, Thomas leaned back into his car and reached under the front seat. Officer Thompson, fearing Thomas was getting a weapon shot him one time striking him in the abdomen, chest and arm. Thomas was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital in good condition.

Numerous citizens who had been in the parking lot prior to the suspect stopping his vehicle witnessed the entire incident.

This matter is being investigated by the Houston Police Department Homicide Division, Houston Police Department Internal Affairs Division and the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

AW/ RMM 6-9-05
Inc# 88385705

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.