Police arrest man accused of snatching HISD police officer’s gun during traffic stop

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by KHOU.com staff, Malini Basu / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on October 2, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 2 at 6:24 PM

HOUSTON – Police have arrested a man who allegedly snatched a Houston Independent School District officer’s gun Wednesday morning during an altercation near a southeast Houston high school.

According to HISD, it happened around 8:30 a.m. about two blocks from Chavez High School, which is located in the 8500 block of Howard.

An HISD officer pulled 19-year-old Eduardo Morales over after he was acting suspicious, police said. The officer said he smelled what appeared to be marijuana. A witness said the officer ordered Morales to get out of his car. That’s when the officer pulled out his gun.

“The suspect lunges at the officer, disarming the officer, and leaves from the location,” said Detective Jesus Sosa, with HPD Homicide.

A witness, who didn’t want to be identified, pulled out his cell phone video and shot video of the incident. In the video, you can see the officer talking to the teen, then being pulled into the suspect’s car. Seconds later, you see Morales back up and take off with the officer’s gun.

“The officer stayed here, like, you know, he was shocked, like, ‘What’s going on?’ I thought he was going to chase him, but he didn’t chase him,” said the witness.

The HISD Police Department arrested the 19-year-old man at about 1:30 p.m. The suspect, who is a former Chavez High School student, surrendered to an officer at Chavez High School. The stolen gun has been recovered.

Detectives say Morales may been meeting up with a current Chavez high student to deliver marijuana.

Criminal charges against the suspect will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for consideration, school officials said.

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