Incident at 18600 South Park View

October 29, 2007 - Houston police are investigating the attempted capital murder of a police officer at 18600 South Park View about 11:45 p.m. on Saturday (October 27).

HPD Officer Victor Hill, sworn in as an officer in February 1993 and assigned to the Northwest Patrol Division, suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he remains in the intensive care unit.

The suspect, Eric Titov, (w/m, DOB: 7/25/85), was found deceased in the thick brush and trees located along the north side of an apartment complex at 18600 South Park View. The cause of death is pending an autopsy by the Harris County Medical Examiner’s office, however, it appears Titov died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound shortly after he shot Officer Hill. Titov was found with a pistol in his right hand and two bullets in his left hand.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant P. Motard and Officers J. Coffelt, R. Trevino and A. Brown reported:

Officer Hill was off-duty at the apartment complex where he works an extra job when he was alerted that Titov was acting in a suspicious manner and appeared to be breaking into cars. Officer Hill put on his distinctive police raid jacket and, along with a witness, approached Titov who was standing outside the back of his own car. Officer Hill handcuffed the suspect and directed him to sit on the curb next to his car while he (Officer Hill) looked over property on the trunk of the car that did not appear to belong to Titov.

Titov retrieved a weapon from his waistband and fired one time at Officer Hill, striking him in the chest. Titov then fled on foot. Following an extensive search, he was later found deceased about 2 p.m. on Sunday (Oct. 28).

As is customary in officer-involved shootings in the city limits, the incident is under investigation by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions and the Harris County District Attorney’s office.

JGA/JFC 10-29-07

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