Ex-Houston officer accused of threatening mass-shooting takes plea deal

HOUSTON – A former Houston police officer who is accused of threatening to commit a mass-shooting accepted a plea deal Monday.

Pedro Gonzalez was arrested in August after investigators said he confronted his wife at her job and threatened to kill her. They said she reported Gonzalez also threatened to shoot up the building and turn the place into a “meat market.”

Gonzalez also threatened to kill his fellow police officers and then himself, investigators said.

The 16-year Houston Police Department veteran pleaded guilty on Monday to aggravated assault of a family member. He was sentenced to five years of deferred adjudication.

The judge also ordered Gonzalez to forfeit his Texas Commission of Law Enforcement license and he will no longer allowed to be a police officer. He was also ordered to perform 120 hours of community service and undergo counseling for domestic violence and substance abuse.

Gonzalez was charged with driving while intoxicated about a month before his August arrest.

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