Several Houston police officers shoot armed suspect while responding to report of assault

Several Houston police officers shot a suspect holding a gun to his head on Jan. 3, 2020.
Several Houston police officers shot a suspect holding a gun to his head on Jan. 3, 2020. (KPRC)

HOUSTON – Several Houston police officers shot and injured an armed man at a home in northeast Houston Friday night, according to the Houston Police Department.

At about 6:42 p.m., officers responded to report of an assault in the 11000 block of Spottswood Drive near Little York Road. The caller said his friend was assaulting a woman.

When officers arrived, the man barricaded himself in a shed in the backyard of the home and held a gun to his head, officials say.

Houston police Chief Art Acevedo said multiple officers tried to deescalate the situation and get the 33-year-old man to drop his gun. The suspect repeatedly asked to see his girlfriend, who was the woman he was assaulting, Acevedo said.

At various times, officials say the man held the gun to his head, neck and face. The officers continued to try and deescalate the situation and at one point, the suspect brought the gun down and pointed it at the officers, Acevedo said.

That’s when several officers fired several shots at the suspect, officials say. They immediately began CPR and life-saving measures on the suspect who was shot multiple times, Acevedo said.

Paramedics with the Houston Fire Department also stepped in to treat the man and he was transported via a Life Flight helicopter to Memorial Hermann hospital. where he remains in critical, but stable condition, according to authorities.

No police officers were injured in the shooting.

Acevedo said the suspect had multiple prior criminal convictions and two pending warrants out for his arrest.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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