Gun Accidentally Discharges at 15711 Rosebriar Drive

May 24, 2010 - Houston police are investigating the accidental discharge of an HPD officer's duty weapon at 15711 Rosebriar Drive about 5:40 a.m. on Sunday (May 24).

Officer K.G. Solis suffered minor injuries to his right leg. He was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he was treated and released. Officer Solis, assigned to the Southwest Patrol Division, was sworn in as an officer in April 2008.

A male citizen, 31, received minor injuries to his abdomen and arm and was transported to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital where he was treated and released.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J.T. Wyers and Senior Police Officer R.P. Martinez reported:

HPD patrol officers were called to the above address following a reported weapons disturbance. Once there, the officers learned the males at the scene had been involved in an argument with an acquaintance over gas money. During the argument, the suspect produced a pistol and fired his weapon into the air before pointing the gun at one of the males and taking money that had been collected to pay for gas. The suspect then fled the scene. The males told arriving officers they were concerned the suspect would return to the residence. Two officers remained at the scene while other patrol units searched the area for the armed suspect.

One of the victims then received a phone call and told officers the armed suspect was coming back to the scene. A few minutes later, a car began speeding toward the officers and the victims who were still outside. The driver parked near the victims and got out of the car. He began approaching the officers who, fearing for their safety, had their weapons drawn but pointed at the ground. Officer Solis' shotgun, while still pointed at the ground, accidentally discharged. Pellets from the shotgun blast ricocheted off the pavement, striking both the officer and the driver. Both the officer and the driver were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

Further investigation determined the driver was not the suspect, who remains at large.

As is customary in all HPD officer-involved shootings in the city limits, this case will be investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions.

KJS/JFC 5-24-10
Inc. #074123110

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

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