Police shoot pipe-swinging homeless man in northeast Houston neighborhood

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by Larry Seward / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on May 2, 2014 at 12:26 PM

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HOUSTON—Houston police say they were forced to open fire on a homeless man who was causing a disturbance in a northeast side neighborhood overnight.

It happened early Thursday morning in the 6200 block of Collingsworth Street.

Neighbors said Bryan Williams, 27,  first tried to break into several homes on Wednesday, but he returned several hours later with a pipe.

“He came and tried to get into our house again, and then he went over to my neighbor’s house and started banging on their door and breaking their windows out,” said one resident. “That’s when they called the cops.”

The first Houston Police Department officer on the scene called for backup after Williams ignored his commands, police said.

Police said Williams continued to swing the pipe at the officers who arrived at the scene.

An HPD spokesman said officers shot Williams with a stun gun and then with a bean bag gun, but he still refused to comply.

Eventually Williams tried to stab one of the officers with the pipe, HPD said. The officer shot Williams several times, critically injuring him.

No other injuries were reported.

Williams was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a public servant. His bond was set at $30,000 on each count.

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