Houston officer opens fire on suspect in his own driveway


by KHOU.com staff

KHOU 11 News Houston

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 11:20 AM

HOUSTON –- Investigators with the Houston Police Department responded to an officer’s home early Wednesday morning after the off-duty public servant said he was forced to open fire on a person in his driveway.

HPD officers were called to the home on Sagetrail in far southeast Houston before 3 a.m.

An HPD spokesman said the homeowner, an off-duty officer, saw a person wearing a hoodie walking around his driveway and checking the doors on several vehicles.

The officer apparently got his first look at the suspect via his home’s surveillance cameras. The person of interest was seen making several passes in front of the home before approaching the vehicles.

When the officer came outside to confront the person, they allegedly crouched behind one of the vehicles. The officer said he warned the man to leave, but that’s when the person came from behind the car and charged at the officer. The officer, fearing for his life, opened fire causing the suspect to run away, said HPD.

"I mean it all happened so quickly, he really didn't have time to do anything other than react," said HPD spokesman Victor Senties. "He saw somebody trying to break into his vehicles, he grabbed his pistol and ran out. It all happened within a matter of seconds."

Senties said the shooting officer is a 13-year veteran of the force.

Police said they were not able to get a good description of the suspect. It’s believed the suspect was not injured.

HPD said the officer’s girlfriend and an older child were home at the time of the incident, but no injuries were reported.