HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – Deputies shot and killed a man outside of a northeast Harris County bar after they say he was firing his weapon in the parking lot.
According to investigators, off-duty deputies were working security at Johnny B’s Outlaw Saloon off Woodforest east of Normandy around 2 a.m. Friday. They heard gunshots, came running out and saw a man firing his weapon.
Investigators say the deputies made a split-second decision to open fire.
Family members identify the man as 27-year-old Adrian Gonzalez. Investigators say he fired several shots into the air and at the bar as frightened patrons tried to take cover.
Ralph Banda was wrapping up after a Rockets-Spurs watch party when he and his friends witnessed the shootout.
“We just heard shots, and we were with friends, and went behind the brick wall,” Banda said. “I told them to stay right there and wait till the gunshots were over.”
Investigators say the man died at the scene.
The two deputies who fired the fatal shots have been put on administrative leave during the investigation.
Gonzalez’s family members were shaken by the situation and did not what to speak on camera. They did say Gonzalez is a father who has a young son.
Records show Gonzalez has been arrested before for burglary, theft and drugs.
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