HARRIS COUNTY, Texas An off-duty deputy constable shot and killed a homeless man at an apartment complex in northwest Harris County early Wednesday, officials said.
It happened around 2 a.m. at the Village in the Wood apartment complex located on Lakewood Forest near Grant Road.
According to the Harris County Pct. 4 Constable s Office, the deputy involved was working security at the apartments, where he lives. He came across a suspicious male, who appeared to be homeless, sleeping in the complex s weight room.
A scuffle ensued, and the deputy suffered scrapes and injuries to his back. The constable pulled his service weapon and shot the suspect twice in the stomach, authorities said.
Harris County Constable s office Precinct 4 and the District Attorney s office are still investigating how the confrontation escalated.
David Hall, a witness, was walking to the pool at the same time the deputy confronted the homeless man.
In the weight room, the larger man pushed the officer away from him when he went to put handcuffs on him, said Hall.
Detectives said this was not the first time the man was caught sleeping in the gym. He ran from the off-duty constable toward the parking lot, and then witnesses said the two got into a scuffle and shots were fired.
As I came out the other path, that s when I heard the two shots, Hall said. From there, the other guy was on the ground and the officer was asking him not to move and he was calling for backup. The guy was in handcuffs and I saw a little bit of blood on the ground. I don t know if he was bleeding out. I saw that he was just trying to move and he was in handcuffs.
The man died in surgery at Ben Taub hospital.
Some residents who were headed to work said they were frightened to see what happened inside their seemingly safe, gated complex.
I m shaking. This is sad. This shouldn t be happening, said resident Mary Kay Hemenway. I m thinking about all the people that walk their dogs. We never had this kind of issue. It s sad. Very sad, said Mary Kay Hemenway.
Some didn t even know there were security guards working at the complex.
I didn t even know we had a security guard out here. The gate s always open. It s just really ridiculous, said resident Alicia Anderson.
Hall s wife, the detectives main witness, agreed.
The gates and stuff, you have to have a clicker, but the gates stay open for a while. Every time we come in the gates are open, so anyone can come in, said resident Haley Hall.
The deputy constable was recovering at a hospital from a back injury and was expected to be OK.