HOUSTON – Police shot a man who had an assault rifle outside a club near the Museum District, officers with the Houston Police Department said.
It happened just after 2 a.m. Wednesday along Almeda near Southmore.
Police said the shooting occurred as two off-duty officers, who were in uniform, were working security at the Faces Ultra Lounge. Witnesses alerted the officers to a disturbance in the parking lot, so the officers went to investigate.
"They observed a male suspect, a male African American suspect, with an assault rifle," said HPD's Troy Finner. "They gave him commands, at which time he didn't drop the gun. He leveled the gun down in their direction, and the officers feared for their life and safety of other citizens and fired multiple shots. Some witnesses say that he did fire before the officers approached him, but that hasn’t been verified.”
The wounded suspect, who has not been identified publicly is described by police as a man in his early 30’s. He was taken to Ben Taub Hospital in critical condition where he underwent surgery.
No bystanders or police were hurt. But at least two vehicles belonging to club-goers were damaged by gunfire.
"I just want to say this, it's a dangerous job out here," said Finner. "We are proud of our officers, the way they performed. Everybody's asleep, they're out here keeping our streets safe, and I'm proud of that. At the same time, you never know why people make the decisions they make, this particular individual has family too. I ask you pray for our officers, but you also pray for this family too, that this guy makes it."
According to a police spokesman, the officers involved in the incident are an eight-year veteran and a five-year veteran of the force.
“I think the public needs to see us out here when there is an officer-involved shooting to let them know that we are investigating, and we’re going to do a good job and we’re going to be transparent,” said Finner.
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