Houston police are investigating an incident in which an HPD officer discharged his duty weapon, striking an armed suspect, at 2601 Mayview about 7:35 p.m. on Monday (April 10).
The suspect was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
HPD Officer J. Conley, who discharged his duty weapon, was not injured in this incident. Officer Conley was sworn in as an HPD officer in September 2010.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant H. Ruiz reported:
Officer Conley responded to a loud noise complaint in the 2600 block of Mayview. Upon arrival, he spoke to a witness and then approached a white Infinity sedan, occupied by an unknown black male suspect, in his 30s. After a brief conversation and smelling the odor of marijuana, the officer asked the suspect to exit the vehicle.
Upon exiting the vehicle, the suspect began struggling with the officer. During the struggle, the officer observed the suspect to be armed with a pistol concealed in his waistband. The struggle continued, during which the suspect grabbed the pistol. The officer, fearing for his safety, then discharged his duty weapon, striking the suspect.
As is customary when an officer discharges his duty weapon within the city limits, this incident is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions as well as the Harris County District Attorney's Office.