PASADENA, Texas – A man who was walking down the street and waving a gun was shot and killed after being confronted by Pasadena police Tuesday afternoon.
Police received a call around 10:16 a.m. about a person seen walking with a handgun during a busy drive time.
Two officers responded and located the individual near Strawberry and Spencer Highway. Police said the man was walking down the sidewalk, still armed with the gun, then began running.
Officers remained in their patrol unit as they followed the suspect while giving him commands over the vehicle’s intercom.
Officers gave multiple instructions, including an order to drop the weapon, which the suspect ignored, police said.
“The subject then walked into the middle of the roadway, at which point he turned and started walking back toward the officers that were following him in their vehicles,” said Pasadena Police Chief Josh Bruegger. “Both officers discharged their weapons, struck the suspect, he was pronounced deceased here in the roadway.”
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As standard procedure, both officers have been placed on administrative leave for five days.
“It’s traumatic to take another life even if your own life is in danger,” Bruegger said.
One of the officers has provided seven years of service, and the other has been with the department for four years. Both are assigned to the Traffic Division.
The identity of the suspect, who is believed to be in his 20s, has not yet been released.
“I know there are a lot of videos floating out there on social media of the shooting already,” Bruegger said. “Our plan is to get our videos, car camera and the body camera out by the end of the day.”