HOUSTON – Charges have been filed against a suspect who fired shots at police, leading him to be injured when officers returned fire during an incident in southwest Houston early Wednesday, police said.
Robert Julius Paramore, 51, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a public servant.
According to Houston police, officers were dispatched for a suicide call at a home in the 4500 block of Warm Springs around 2:35 a.m.
Upon arrival, officers located one of the suspect’s family members a few houses from the residence. The family member said the suspect came home intoxicated and threatened to take his own life.
While officers were talking to the family member, a gunshot was heard coming from the suspect’s residence. Officers took cover and two other officers went to the home. As the officers were exiting their vehicles, the garage door to the home opened and officers could see the suspect holding a handgun, investigators said.
Police said they gave the suspect numerous commands to drop the weapon, but he ignored their commands and shot at them. One officer then discharged his weapon at the suspect, striking him more than once.
Houston Fire Department paramedics were already on scene and immediately began medical treatment. The suspect was transported to a hospital in critical condition, and was later upgraded to stable.
As is customary in officer-involved shooting incidents in the city limits, the incident is being investigated by the HPD Special Investigations Unit, the Internal Affairs Division and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.