An undercover Harris County sheriff shot and killed a man in a Missouri City neighborhood on Wednesday morning.
The deputy was one of several members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force trying to arrest a man on a murder charge in the capital Mesquite at about 6 am on block 15100 East Ritter Circle, near Airport and McLain avenues. The policeman was in a car when a neighbor appeared and knocked on the window, according to the head of Harris County Sheriff’s office, Tim Navarre.
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The man carried a flashlight and an air gun, which Navarre said looked like a pistol. The man had been tasked by his neighbors to guard a house on the recently robbed block, witnesses told detectives.
As he opened the window, the policeman pulled out his gun and exchanged words with the man, said Navarre. What they said to each other is not clear.
At some point, the man put down his flashlight and supposedly raised his gun, which was when the policeman opened fire – hitting the man once. The man ran to the car parked in a nearby garage, where he died.
The murder suspect in the capital was nowhere to be found. Later, he turned to the Mesquite police, said Navarra.
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