Deputy shoots, kills man who threatened parents

Published On: Feb 25 2013 06:37:19 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 25 2013 12:12:52 PM CST
HOUSTON -

A sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man who, they said, was threatening to harm his parents.

Harris County sheriff's deputies said the deputy responded to a domestic disturbance at a home on Easton Park Drive and Forest Trails Drive in northwest Harris County about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday. Investigators said Troy Robertson, 21, was threatening his parents with a rifle at the home.

Investigators said Robertson and his parents fought with him over a shotgun.

"Before deputies arrived, the male exited the home, armed with a rifle, and was in the neighborhood," Deputy Thomas Gilliland said.

Deputies searched the area and found him hiding in the back yard behind the air conditioning units.

Investigators said Deputy C. Cooke told Robertson to drop his gun and come out, but he stood up and pointed the rifle at Cooke. Cooke fired one shot, wounding Robertson, detectives said.

Robertson was taken to North Cypress Hospital, where he died.

"His parents loved him very much and he had been troubled for some time," neighbor Fred Billings said. "They were a very sweet family and they had trouble with their son on more than one occasion."

The parents declined to comment about the situation.

Cooke is a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff's Office.