HOUSTON - A man was shot by two officers during a traffic stop after police said he was acting suspiciously.
The shooting happened in front of a convenience store on Buffalo Speedway and West Fuqua. Police pulled over a car, but HPD said a man inside the car wouldn't listen to their commands, even after he was shot multiple times by officers.
"When I was about to walk into the store, I heard gunshots, so immediately I turned around and grabbed my son and got us both on the ground," said witness Laquesha Spencer.
Police said the shots were fired after the passenger inside the silver car would not co-operate with officer's orders to sit still and put his hands up.
"At one point, he had his hand under the seat, like he was reaching for something, and ignoring the verbal commands repeatedly," said Victor Senties with the Houston Police Department.
Senties said the officer feared he was reaching for a weapon and fired shots at the man, but that didn't even stop him.
"The suspect got out of his vehicle, walked around his vehicle and the patrol car, again ignoring verbal commands," said Senties.
Some witnesses even tried to intervene. Spencer said she knew the man.
"I'm telling (him) 'Lay down, they are going to shoot you. They are going to kill you.' And I guess he was in shock, he had already been shot three times, because I heard multiple gunshots," said Spencer.
While the man was walking around in the parking lot, a second officer fired his gun.
"He also feared for his safety and once he was out of the area were people were around him, the officer discharged his weapon as well," said Senties.
The man who was shot eventually laid down right here in the parking lot. At that point, an ambulance was called and he was taken to the hospital.
The driver was taken into custody.
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