|Houston police are investigating an incident in which an off-duty HPD officer shot a burglary suspect in the 3200 block of Wentworth about 12:20 a.m. today (April 16).
The suspect, Patrick Jenkins (b/m, 36), has a pending charge of burglary of a habitation. He was transported to an area hospital and is expected to survive his wounds.
A booking photo of Jenkins is not available for release at this time.
HPD Sergeant H. Preston, who discharged his weapon, was not injured in this incident. Sergeant Preston is assigned to the Southwest Patrol Division and was sworn in as an officer in August 1979.
HPD Homicide Division Special Investigations Unit Detectives J. Snook, M. Millington, E. Rodriguez and L. Bailey reported:
Sergeant Preston observed a then unknown male (Jenkins) attempting to force entry into his residence at the above address by pushing and banging on the front door. Sergeant Preston made several attempts to make Jenkins aware that he was home by shouting toward the door, but Jenkins continued to force entry by reaching through broken glass on the door in order to unlock it. Fearing for his life and that of other relatives, Sergeant Preston discharged his weapon several times through the front door, striking Jenkins. Jenkins was then transported by HFD paramedics to the hospital.
As is customary in HPD officer-involved shooting incidents in the city limits, this case is being investigated by the HPD Homicide Division Special Investigations Unit, the HPD Internal Affairs Division and the Harris County District Attorney's Office.