POLICE Department

Investigation into Incident at 8034 Antoine Drive

July 22, 2019 - Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in an incident in which a Harris County Sheriff's Office deputy fired shots at an armed suspect at 8034 Antoine Drive about 12:25 a.m. on Saturday (July 20).  

The suspect, Darius R. Spell-Taylor (b/m, 18), is charged with aggravated assault of a public servant in the 182nd State District Court.  He was transported to HCA Houston Healthcare Northwest Hospital with non-life-threatening wounds.  

A booking photo of Spell-Taylor is not available at this time, as he remains hospitalized.  

The Harris County Sheriff's deputy was not injured in the incident.  

HPD Special Investigations Unit Detectives D. Hobson, J. Snook, R. Gonzalez, E Contreras and R. Bass reported:  

Three Harris County Sheriff's deputies were patrolling the area near the above address and saw a silver Pontiac Bonneville in the parking lot of an apartment complex that matched the description of a vehicle used a recent robbery,  Deputies approached, saw two persons inside the vehicle and immediately gave them verbal commands to exit the vehicle with their hands visible. 

The front seat passenger (Spell-Taylor) attempted to open the vehicle door with his left hand and, at the same time, put his right hand in his pocket.  The deputies gave Spell-Taylor verbal commands to show his hands, which he ignored, and instead, pulled a gun from his pocket.  Fearing for his and his fellow deputies' safety, the deputy discharged his duty weapon and struck Spell-Taylor.  Paramedics responded to the scene and transported him to the hospital.  No other injuries were reported.  

As is customary in officer-involved shooting incidents in the Houston city limits, this case is being investigated by the HPD Special Investigations Unit and the Harris County District Attorney's Office.  

VHS/KJS  7-22-19
Inc. #092588519

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