A La Marque police officer will not face charges in the fatal 2017
shooting of a man who authorities say attacked him with a sword during a
The Galveston County District Attorney's
Office released a statement on Monday stating it would decline to take
action against Officer Jose Santos of the La Marque Police Department,
and concluded its investigation without recommending charges against
Santos responded to a home invasion call on
Dec. 3, 2017, after a woman reported a man had broken into her home
wielding a sword. When Santos arrived, he was told that the man, Gregory
Ham, had fled to a nearby property.
Santos and his police canine, Rocky, pursued
Ham, still armed with a sword, to a shed behind a nearby home.
Authorities said Ham struck Santos in the head with a sword, and that
Santos then filed a single shot, striking Ham in the head.