Month: September 2014

Two Suspects Arrested, Others Sought in Investigation at 10777 Beechnut

Two suspects have been arrested and others are being sought in connection with related shooting incidents at 10777 Beechnut and 10100 Beechnut about 4 p.m. on Wednesday (August 6).

Jordan Q. Wilson (b/m, 21) and Reginald J. Smith (b/m, 19) are in custody and charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon in Harris County Criminal Court #10.  Wilson is also charged with felony possession of marijuana in the 177th State District Court. Photos of Wilson and Smith are attached to this news release.

One victim, an 8-year-old girl, remains hospitalized in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the leg.  Her 7-year-old brother suffered a grazing wound and was treated and released from the hospital.

Two officers with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force, one a Rosenberg PD officer and the other a deputy constable with the Harris County Precinct One Constable’s Office, discharged their weapons at suspect Smith.  No one was injured.

HPD Homicide Division Officers R. Ridel, N. Rosenblatt and K. Daignault reported:

Wilson and Smith engaged in a drug transaction with an unknown Hispanic male in the 10100 block of Beechnut. The Hispanic male arrived at the location in a white, two-door pickup truck with an extended cab.  Wilson and Smith tried to rob the Hispanic male and then drive away.  The Hispanic male retaliated by firing his own gun at the vehicle driven by suspects Wilson and Smith as they fled.  A young girl, an innocent bystander in the same parking lot, was struck by one of the bullets fired by the unknown Hispanic male.  Her younger brother was grazed and not seriously injured.

Suspects Wilson and Smith fled the scene, driving westbound on Beechnut at a high rate of speed.  Wilson lost control of the vehicle and caused a traffic accident in the 10700 block of Beechnut.  Wilson and Smith tried to run from the scene with guns and bags of marijuana in their hands.  Two HIDTA officers witnessed the collision and then attempted to apprehend the suspects.

Suspect Wilson surrendered, but suspect Smith ran inside a McDonald’s restaurant.  Smith produced a gun and began to raise it in the direction of the officers.  Both officers, in fear for their lives, discharged their weapons toward suspect Smith, who was not hit.  Smith was then taken into custody by responding HPD officers.

As is customary when a law enforcement officer discharges a weapon in the city limits of Houston, this incident is being investigated by the HPD Homicide Division.

Anyone with information on the shooter in the 10100 Beechnut incident is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

 

  

Male Sought for Questioning in Fatal Shooting at 1600 North Loop West

Houston police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest wanted in the fatal shooting of a man and wounding of a woman at 1600 North Loop West (North Interstate Highway 610 West) about 11:20 p.m. last Friday (August 8).

The individual wanted for questioning is described only as a Hispanic male with a slim build and black spiky hair.  The male has tattoos of an oil derrick (the former Houston Oilers logo) on his right forearm and a bull with horns (like the Houston Texans logo) on his left shoulder.  He was wearing a red T-shirt with “Hollister 22” on the front.

The deceased victim, Jawanza Rooker, 20, of Houston, suffered a gunshot wound to the back and was pronounced dead at the scene.  The wounded woman, 19, was transported to an area hospital and later released.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M. Dillingham and Officers V. McLean, S. Overstreet and T. Colbert reported:

Mr. Rooker and a female friend attempted to drive away from the above location after a drug deal went bad.  At that time, unknown suspects followed them and fired several shots at their vehicle.  Rooker, the driver, lost control of the vehicle and drove off the road into a grass median.

Investigators developed information on a person of interest and are urging anyone with information on his identity or whereabouts to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Investigation into Incident at 11960 Airline Drive

Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a suspect who shot a Houston police officer at 11960 Airline Drive about 2:35 p.m. on Wednesday (August 13).

The identity of the suspect is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

The wounded officer, who also discharged his weapon, J. Calhoun, assigned to the North Patrol Division, was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in stable condition and later released.  Officer Calhoun was sworn in as an officer in June 2008.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J. Rhoads and Officer R. Ridel reported:

Officer Calhoun and a female officer were dispatched to a suspicious person with a weapon call at the apartment complex at 11960 Airline, near a bus stop.  Officers were given a description of the male and drove to the scene.  Upon arrival, the officers located the individual, who had been described as the suspicious male, by observing his appearance and clothing.  As the officers approached the male, he attempted to flee on foot.  Officer Calhoun grabbed the suspect.  As the two struggled, the suspect discharged a semi-automatic pistol at Officer Calhoun.  By this time, the female officer had also grabbed the suspect and all three fell to the ground.  The two officers landed on top of the suspect.  The suspect still grasped his pistol in both of his hands, but the female officer grabbed the forearms and wrists of the suspect so as not to allow him to discharge his weapon again.  As the suspect continued to turn the pistol around to fire it, Officer Calhoun discharged his weapon, striking the suspect.  The suspect was transported to Houston Northwest Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.  Officer Calhoun was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he suffered an injury to his left side, after the bullet had struck his body armor vest.

As is customary in HPD officer-involved shooting incidents in the city limits, this case is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions, as well as the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

Suspect Wanted in Kidnapping/Auto Theft Incident at 8601 West Bellfort

Houston police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a male suspect wanted in an auto theft and kidnapping of four children at 8601 West Bellfort about 6:15 p.m. today (August 27).

Officers responded to a stolen vehicle call at the Jack in the Box restaurant at the above address and discovered the vehicle taken was used as a daycare transportation vehicle for JTD Transportation.  The female driver went inside the restaurant, leaving the GMC sport utility vehicle running with four children, ages 3 through 6 years of age, inside the vehicle.

An unknown Hispanic male with curly hair, glasses and wearing a blue shirt was seen getting into the SUV and driving off.  Witnesses stated the male might be homeless.

The stolen vehicle is described as a silver, 2009 GMC Acadia with Texas license plates DCN8277.

Anyone with information on the location of the vehicle or in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Investigators are at the scene of the incident.  No other information is available at this time.

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