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HCSO: Plain-clothes deputy fatally shoots man with BB gun

Family members say Joshua Johnson had the BB gun because his parents' house had recently been burglarized.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — The Harris County Sheriff's Office is investigating one of their own after he shot and killed a man in southwest Harris County early Wednesday morning.

Investigators said the deputy was part of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force. Just before 6 a.m., the officers showed up to serve a warrant and arrest a capital murder suspect from Dallas County, believed to be hiding out in one of the houses along E. Ritter Circle.

The deputy had just parked his unmarked black SUV in front of a house on the other side of the street. He said he was approached by a man carrying a flashlight, and what deputies say was a realistic looking gun.

"The deputy put down his window, drew his pistol, some words were exchanged, I don't know what they were at this time, the gentlemen lowered his flashlight which we think was his cell phone, and raised his pistol, at that time the deputy fired two round, striking the male, once,” Chief T. Navarre, with the HCSO, said.

Authorities said the man then took off running towards his car parked in his neighbor’s driveway, where he later died.

Investigators said the man lived down the street and was house-sitting for his parents, whose home had recently been broken into, according to neighbors.

The deputy wasn't hurt.

Right now, investigators aren’t sure if the deputy identified himself, who had been dressed in plain clothes, but said he did have his badge on him.

This happened in the 15100 block of E. Ritter Circle.

As for the capital murder suspect the task force was there to arrest, turns out he was never there.

Deputies learned he's still in Mesquite, Texas where he contacted authorities to turn himself in.


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