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Police Officers Shoot, Kill Gun-Wielding Man in Houston


A nearby gas station surviellance camera reportedly captured the exchange.

Image source: KTRK-TV

DALLAS (TheBlaze/AP) — Texas authorities say two officers have shot and killed a gunman on Houston's south side.

According to Houston Police Department officials, the shooting happened at around 12:40 a.m. Saturday, when officers spotted a man with a revolver standing in the road. Police say after officers asked the man to put down the gun, he instead pointed the revolver in the air, then at the officers. The officers then fired numerous times.

A woman claiming to be the man's wife identified him as Alva Braziel.

A bystander who identified himself as Eric Puckett told KTRK-TV he thinks black men in the Houston area are being targeted.

"It's like we got a target on our back even if we're innocent, it hurts," said Puckett. "You don't even want to walk outside your house any more. But to all the young black men and young black women out there, all black people, do something positive."

KTRK reported that one of the unidentified officers is a 10-year veteran of the force, and the other is a 13-year veteran. The officers will be investigated by internal affairs, along with Harris County.

A nearby gas station reportedly captured the exchange, and police say the video, along with witness testimony, will confirm what happened.

An investigation is ongoing.


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