Houston News : DWI suspect who took cop’s stun gun killed by officer in north Houston, police say

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Houston police investigate a deadly officer-involved shooting along the North Freeway near Beltway 8 on Friday, May 8, 2020.

Houston police investigate a deadly officer-involved shooting along the North Freeway near Beltway 8 on Friday, May 8, 2020.

Photo: OnScene.TV

Houston police investigate a deadly officer-involved shooting along the North Freeway near Beltway 8 on Friday, May 8, 2020.

Houston police investigate a deadly officer-involved shooting along the North Freeway near Beltway 8 on Friday, May 8, 2020.

Photo: OnScene.TV

DWI suspect who took cop’s stun gun killed by officer in north Houston, police say

A man who was being arrested on a DWI charge was killed by the arresting officer after he allegedly grabbed the cop’s fallen stun gun during a late-night struggle in north Houston.

A Houston police officer tasked with spotting intoxicated drivers clocked the man driving over 90 mph along the North Freeway just south of Beltway 8 around 1:15 a.m., according to Houston Police Executive Asst. Chief Matt Slinkard. The 48-year-old driver eventually pulled into an empty business parking lot off the feeder road.

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The officer performed field sobriety tests to determine if the driver was intoxicated, Slinkard said. The driver showed several signs of intoxication, so the officer moved to put him in handcuffs.

“A struggle – and what really turned out to be quite a violent struggle – happened between the officer and the suspect (during the arrest),” Slinkard said.

The officer’s body-worn camera was knocked off during what Slinkard called a “fight.” He fired his stun gun unsuccessfully and dropped it on the ground.

That’s when the driver picked it up as the officer yelled commands for him to get on the ground, Slinkard said. The officer then pulled his gun and fire up to four times, striking the driver more than once.

He started life-saving efforts on the driver as he radioed for paramedics. An ambulance rushed the driver to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“Any time something like this happens, we consider any loss of life tragic,” Slinkard said. “The officer is pretty shaken up. Our hearts, our thoughts, our prayers go out to the deceased individual’s family.”

The officer was placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

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