HPD: Officer shoots, kills suspect at west Houston apartments

Houston police are investigating after a suspect was shot and killed by an officer at an apartment complex near the Galleria area Wednesday evening.

The shooting happened around 6 p.m. in the 2600 block of Lazy Hollow near Westheimer Road.

According to HPD Executive Chief Matt Slinkard, several members of the HPD Violent Crime Task Force and Crime Suppression Team have been working on cases in tandem with federal partners from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Officers had a tip that a man wanted for an outstanding warrant of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon could possibly be in or near the apartment complex, so they went to conduct surveillance.

After watching for a couple of hours, they spotted the suspect as he was walking out of the apartments. They did not move in on him at that time. They continued watching and, as he was returning, police noticed there were not many people in the area. Feeling it was a good time to attempt to take him into custody, police began to approach the suspect, Slinkard explained.

That is when the suspect, according to police, pointed a semi-automatic pistol in the direction of a sergeant. That sergeant immediately opened fire, striking the suspect.

Officers began to administer first aid, but the suspect could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene.

No officers were injured in the shooting.

The sergeant, a 13-year veteran, has been appointed to administrative duties as standard operating procedure while the investigation is ongoing.

Detectives are also speaking to witnesses in the area.

Slinkard said footage from police body-worn cameras will be released within 30 days.

The suspect’s identity has not yet been made public.

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