Officer shoots, kills suspect

Police: Man didn't listen to commands, moved abruptly

Published On: Jul 09 2012 06:30:49 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 10 2012 06:26:08 AM CDT
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HOUSTON -

The Harris County Medical Examiner has not yet released the name of the man who was shot and killed by police Monday afternoon in southwest Houston.

Someone called 911 about a fight in front of a building at Bissonnet and Fondren at 4:20 p.m. 

Police said they arrived and tried to gather everyone up but officers said one man would not listen to commands in English or in Spanish. 

Police said the man hid one arm under his shirt, then made an abrupt move at the end of the sidewalk. The officer who fired said she was afraid he had a gun.

"The officer is probably within about 5 to 8 feet of the individual and that's when she again is ordering him to show his hands and instead he turns around, very quickly, his hand is still tucked in his shirt and that's when the officer discharges her weapon one time," said Houston Police spokesman John Cannon.

Police said they did not find a gun on the man.

"If you put an officer on the defensive and conceal your hands when being ordered and giving commands to show your hands, you're automatically putting that officer in fear," Cannon said.

One woman who came to the scene said the dead man is her brother. She said a witness told her that police quickly got out of their car and fired without giving instructions in Spanish.

Police talked with four witnesses.

The officer who fired her gun is Officer J. McGowan. She has been a Houston Police Officer for nearly two years. She will spend the next three days on administrative duty, which is department policy.