FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: July 28, 2016
10:30:31 AM CDT
into Incident at 13800 Gulf Freeway
Houston police are
investigating an incident in which a suspect died following a police
pursuit that ended at 13800 Gulf Freeway (South Interstate Highway 45) at about
12: 35 a.m.
The suspect, Gary
Leonard Blalock, Jr., 38, who crashed his vehicle and also suffered a
self-inflicted gun shot wound was pronounced dead at the scene. His cause
of death is pending autopsy results from the Harris County Institute of
HPD Homicide Division
Officers M. Arroyo, E. Aguilera and J. Dodson reported:
HPD Traffic Enforcement
officers observed a vehicle whose driver had committed several traffic
infractions consistent with an intoxicated driver and initiated a traffic
stop in the 17000 block of the Gulf Freeway service road inbound. The officers
approached the driver (Blalock), and after making contact with him for several
minutes, the officer on the passenger side observed Blalock was sitting on a
gun and yelled a warning to his partner. Blalock then sped off.
The officers attempted to pursue the vehicle and were able to locate it at
13800 Gulf Freeway service road entrance ramp. When the officers approached the
vehicle, they discovered Blalock had a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The
vehicle had struck the guard rail and had body damage to the front end.
As is customary in
deaths that occur during police action, this in-custody death is being
investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Division.