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12-16-06, 06:16 AM #1
Houston police kill armed man while rescuing ex-wifeA knife-wielding man was fatally wounded after two officers opened fire on the suspect as police said he held his ex-wife hostage today in a southeast Houston apartment.
The unidentified man was shot shortly after 5:45 p.m at the Wesley Square apartment complex at 7402 Calhoun. Neighbors at the complex had called police after hearing a domestic dispute coming from the residence, said Officer Gabe Ortiz, a Houston Police Department spokesman.
When officers arrived, Ortiz said they were met by an off-duty officer, who was working a security detail at the complex.
The off-duty officer reported hearing a woman scream, "Don't stab me! Don't stab me!" in the moments before the squad car arrived, Ortiz said.
At this point, the officers walked to the apartment and tried to communicate with both the man and the woman inside.
The officers then heard the suspect say, "If you come inside, you're dead!" The woman then told police that she was injured and could not come to the door, Ortiz said.
The officers then called a supervisor, who called for the SWAT team.
While the officers waited for backup, Ortiz said the woman repeatedly pleaded with the man not to stab her.
Officers heard the fight moving toward the back of the apartment. The officers decided to force their way into the apartment because they believed the woman's life was in danger.
When they entered, they saw the man holding a knife over the woman's head. With guns drawn, Ortiz said the officers ordered the man multiple times to drop his weapon.
Instead, the suspect turned and rushed at the officers, who opened fire, Ortiz said.
The man was shot in the chest and stomach and transported to Ben Taub Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival, Ortiz said.
Police said the woman suffered bite marks on her face and hands, along with a cut on her right hand.
Although divorced, police said the man and woman were living together at the time.
The names of the officers were not released, but Ortiz said both were veteran officers. One officer had worked on the force for 12 years; the second officer, a police sergeant, has six years of service. Today marked the first time they were forced to open fire on a suspect in the line of duty, Ortiz said.
Both will be placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, as is department policy, Ortiz said.
12-16-06, 06:26 AM #2
Sounds like a great shoot to me!! Hope the officers can deal with the mental part that comes with it now.
Just glad to see that this monster is gone and no one has to deal with him anymore.STOP RESISTING!!!!
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12-16-06, 06:27 AM #3
12-16-06, 07:06 AM #4
Top job boys. Who needs those SWAT cowboys anyway?To be born an Englishman, is to be a winner in the Lottery of Life.
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