Dentist shoots man who flashed, chased him, police say

HOUSTON – A dentist shot a man Tuesday afternoon who flashed him and chased him around his southeast Houston office, police said.

The shooting was reported about 1 p.m. at the New Teeth dental office at 4005 Broadway Street, just off Interstate 45, also known as the Gulf Freeway.

According to Houston police, a man walked into the office, exposed himself and then chased the dentist around the office. The pair ended up outside, where the dentist pointed a gun at the man. The man then charged at the dentist, and the dentist shot him.

"The dentist ran all the way around back to the front and said the guy tried to rush him and he said he had no choice but to shoot. He discharged once, hitting him in the right abdomen," HPD Sgt. James Holcomb said.

Police said the man was shot in the stomach. He was taken to Ben Taub Hospital, where he underwent surgery.

Claudia Diaz works at a nearby Subway and heard the single shot, she said the head dentist eats there all the time and she knows him.

"If he did that, it's for a reason, it's for a good reason, because hey you are not going to let nobody hurt somebody," Diaz said.

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