HOUSTON, Texas — The Houston Police Department (HPD) is investigating a shooting involving an off-duty University of Texas Medical Branch police officer early Thursday morning.
At approximately 2:30 a.m., on June 25, 2020, the off-duty officer was at his residence near the 11000 block of Walraven Drive when he observed three suspicious males walking in the direction of his home. The officer went into his residence and retrieved a handgun for self-defense, according to HPD Homicide Division Special Investigations Unit Detectives I. Ulloa, J. Brown, M. Resnick and G. Rodgers.
Detectives say when the officer returned outside he observed a male inside his vehicle actively committing a burglary while the other two males stood close by. The officer confronted the three who then fled on foot.
"As the suspects fled, the officer observed a flashing light pointed in his direction by the suspect who had been in his car," stated the detectives. "The officer perceived this light to be a weapon pointed at him and, fearing for his life and property, fired two shots in the direction of the person he believed was pointing a weapon at him."
According to the detectives, there is no evidence that anyone was struck by gunfire and all three unknown suspects remain at large.
"As is customary when a law enforcement officer discharges a weapon at an individual within the Houston city limits, this case is being investigated by the HPD Homicide Division Special Investigations Unit," stated the Houston Police Department.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the HPD Special Investigations Unit at (713) 308-3600.