Incident at 6000 T.C. Jester
October 19, 2007 - A suspect who threatened a uniformed Houston police officer was fatally shot by that officer at 6000 T. C. Jester about 1:10 p.m. on Thursday (Oct. 18).
The suspect, identified as Raymond Melvin Smith Jr. (b/m, DOB 12-4-77), sustained two gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officer Brian Bueno, who discharged his Conducted Energy Device (CED) and his service revolver, was sworn in as an HPD officer in December of 2002. Officer Kent Winebrenner, who deployed his CED, was sworn in as an HPD officer in September of 1983. Both officers, who are assigned to the North Patrol Division, were uninjured.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J.T. Wyers and Officer C. Scales report:
Officer Bueno was conducting a routine traffic stop in the 6000 block of T.C. Jester when the suspect, Raymond Smith Jr., drove up and parked next to Officer Bueno's patrol vehicle. Smith exited his vehicle, leaving it in a moving lane of traffic, and confronted Officer Bueno. For an unknown reason, Smith began screaming and cursing at the officer as he removed all of his clothing in the middle of the street. Officer Bueno repeatedly gave verbal commands to the nude suspect, which he ignored. The officer requested assistance via his police radio. As the suspect continued to display violent behavior, Officer Bueno discharged his CED, which did deploy and strike Smith.
As is customary with HPD officer-involved shootings in the city limits, the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions and the Harris County District Attorney's office are investigating the incident.
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.