Officers who discharged weapons named in West University Place mass shooting

DeSai was wearing Nazi paraphernalia when he was killed by police, sources say

HOUSTON – Medical examiners have formally identified the suspect in the Sept. 26, 2016 shooting that wounded nine people as Houston lawyer Nathan DeSai, 46, police said.

Reports of a man shooting randomly on Law Street, near a shopping center on the northwest corner of Weslayan and Bissonnet streets, first came in around 6:30 a.m. 

PHOTOS: Mass shooting scene

Interim Houston Police Chief Martha Montalvo said officers who went to the scene were able to quickly locate DeSai in the 4400 block of Law Street. Police said he was using a tree as cover.

Police said DeSai began firing at the officers immediately upon arrival  and continued for almost 30 minutes. Nine officers exchanged gunfire with DeSai.

HPD officers who exchanged gunfire with the shooter were Sgt. G. Batcheler, senior police Officer B. Schmidt, Officer F. Kraidieh, Officer R. Flakes and Officer M. Muskiet, police said.  

The Bellaire Police Department officers who exchanged gunfire with the shooter were Lt. J. Cotton, Lt. R. Brown and Officer A. Proctor, according Bellaire officials.

The West University Place Police Department said Sgt. A. Gomez was one of many officers who exchanged gunfire with Desai. 

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