HOUSTON – Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said footage from seventy body cameras are being reviewed as part of the investigation into a deadly confrontation between several police officers and an east Houston man earlier this month. Acevedo also answered questions after a video of the final moments of the confrontation circulated on social media.
Nicolas Chavez, 27, was shot and killed by police on Gazin Street near the feeder road of the East Freeway on April 21.
“He’s had his days where he’d be moving around and not acting himself,” said Jessica Chavez, Nicolas’ wife.
Jessica Chavez said she believes her husband suffered from mental illness and she suspected drug use, even though she said he denied it. The night of the shooting, Jessica Chavez said her husband was acting differently — not violent — just differently. She said she left him at his mother’s house after running errands.
“I wasn’t for sure, I figured he was not being himself,” Jessica Chavez said.
“But it was enough to concern you didn’t want your daughter there?” asked KPRC 2 Investigator Robert Arnold.
“It was enough to concern me to keep my daughter, get my daughter away from the situation,” Jessica Chavez said.
That evening, Houston police responded to a report that a man was trying to kill himself by walking into traffic along I-10. Police said for 15 minutes, officers tried to get Nicolas Chavez to surrender. Police said Chavez threatened officers with what they thought was a knife, but later determined was a piece of rebar. Officers also said Nicolas Chavez cut himself with the rebar.