Off-duty officer shoots burglar who attacked with automotive tool
Houston
   
 
More Today's News:
ߦ   Applications Being Accepted For Entry Level Police Officer - City of Santa Fe
ߦ   270th Session Graduates from the FBI National Academy
ߦ   Galveston Jury Sentences Man to 40 Years in Prison for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child
ߦ   Scammers target elderly this holiday season
ߦ   Two Texas Fishermen Sentenced for False Statements to Law Enforcement Agents
ߦ   2017 Holiday Patrol and Impaired Driver Initiative
ߦ   Another Firearms Smuggler Heads to Prison
ߦ   Central Texas police department gets creative in preventing package thefts this holiday season
ߦ   Dallas police chief trying new strategies to fill officer shortage
ߦ   Fatality Traffic Collision
ߦ   Fort Worth police run out of rewards for guns exchanged at buyback event
ߦ   Fraudsters Sentenced in Second Chance Lending Scheme
ߦ   Freeport fisherman to be sentenced for catching red snapper without commercial license
ߦ   Galveston council approves hiring of Dallas' police official as new chief
ߦ   Galveston Jury Finds Man Guilty of Possession of Child Pornography
ߦ   Houston bounty hunter facing detention hearing
ߦ   Information In Galveston "Little Jacob" Case Still Sought
ߦ   Law enforcement drones stolen from official's vehicle
ߦ   Missouri City couple found dead days apart
ߦ   New app collects spare change toward bail
ߦ   New FBI report details crime in 2016
ߦ   Paris Police Dept - Daily Activity/Arrests Summary
ߦ   Teacher raped by 4-time felon at Ferguson prison unit
ߦ   Teen robbed, raped while waiting at railroad crossing in Angleton
ߦ   Texas Municipal Police Association rallies for unity with police
ߦ   BACODA screens documentary on opioid epidemic
ߦ   Bloods Gang Member Sentenced for Federal Racketeering and Drug Offenses
ߦ   Burnet County Sheriff's Office - Inmate/Arrests Summary
ߦ   Childs Death Ruled Homicide - Update
ߦ   Constables Arrests Suspect Posing As Police Officer
ߦ   County Attorney Vince Ryan Sues Big Pharma
ߦ   Dallas Man Sentenced to 114 Months in Federal Prison for Bank Robberies
ߦ   Galveston County Sheriff's Office - Daily Bulletin
ߦ   Guilty Plea Brings Life Without Parole
ߦ   Guilty Pleas in Three Computer Crime Cases Involving Significant DDoS Attacks

   Next >>
 
Search Archives:

By Mike Glenn and John D. Harden, Houston Chronicle

A Houston police officer shot a man who allegedly attacked him with a metal rod after breaking into his northwest-side home, authorities said.

Officer B. Johnson had finished up his shift at HPD's South Central Patrol Division about 10:45 a.m. Thursday when his alarm company notified him that someone had broken into his home in the 6500 block of Yorkdale near Dalview, officials said.

"He came home to find a suspect with items from his home," Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. "Our officer actually engaged the suspect who began to engage the officer in a physical altercation."

The man pulled out a heavy metal rod used in automotive repair work known as a "pickle fork" because of its resemblance to the smaller dining utensil. Acevado said it was clear the man intended to use it as a weapon against Johnson, who was in full Houston police uniform.

"It can lead to serious bodily injury or death," Acevado said. 

HPD officials said Johnson fired "more than once" at the burglary suspect.

Acevado warned against using a dangerous weapon on a police officer in uniform.

"You can almost be assured you're going to get shot," he said.

The suspected burglar, believed to be in his 30s, was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital for surgery. Acevado said the identity would not be released until after his family is notified.

"Our hope is the suspect can recover from his gunshot wounds," Acevado said.

The officer, a 22-year HPD vet, was not injured during the fight with the suspected burglar, police said.

Johnson was in uniform but was not equipped with a body camera. Acevado said HPD detectives were interviewing at least three people who saw what happened.

"It's a complex scene. This is an ongoing investigation," Acevado said.

Johnson was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. 

Detectives with HPD's internal affairs and homicide division are investigating. The Harris County District Attorney's Office also launched an inquiry - both are standard practices in officer-involved shooting.

Post a comment
Name/Nickname:
(required)
Email Address: (must be a valid address)
(will not be published or shared)
Comments: (plain text only)
Printer Friendly Format  Printer Friendly Format    Send to a Friend  Send to a Friend    RSS Feed  RSS Feed
  Facebook   Share link on Twitter Tweet  
© 1999-2017 The Police News. All rights reserved.