HPD: Officers shoot, kill armed man in north Houston

HOUSTON – Officers shot and killed an armed man in north Houston on Thursday night, according to police.

The shooting was reported about 8:45 p.m. on Goodson Drive near Airline Drive.

According to Houston police, the officers were responding to reports of a person with a gun. Police said that when the officers arrived, they encountered a man with a gun. Police said the man would not drop the weapon and the officers opened fire.

The armed man, later identified as Edwin Adan Velasquez, 20, was pronounced dead, police said.

According to police, officers D. Shurtleff and D. Coppola both discharged their weapons and were not injured in the incident. Shurtleff was sworn in as an officer in September 2018 and Coppola was sworn in as an officer in January 2016.

This officer-involved shooting is being investigated by the HPD Special Investigations Unit, the Internal Affairs Division and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.


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Aaron Barker has been a senior digital editor at KPRC 2 since 2016. As a meteorologist, he specializes in stories about the weather. He has covered Hurricane Harvey, the Astros first World Series win, the Santa Fe High School shooting, the ITC fire and Tropical Storm Imelda.