Intoxicated driver killed during arrest

Posted on Friday, May 8th, 2020 at 4:22 pm    

HOUSTON, TX – A Houston police officer shot and killed a drunk driving suspect on Friday morning after the man became violent and tried to take the officer’s stun gun.

At 1:15 am on May 8, the police officer spotted a vehicle driving at 90 miles per hour on North Freeway near Beltway 8. The officer signaled for the driver to pull over and both vehicles stopped in an empty parking lot near the freeway, according to the Houston Chronicle.

When the 48-year-old driver exited his vehicle, he demonstrated signs of intoxication. The officer performed a field sobriety test before deciding to arrest the man for driving while intoxicated.

As the officer was placing the driver in handcuffs, the driver became violent. The police officer attempted to use his stun gun, but the driver knocked the device out of the officer’s hands and picked it up. The officer then shot his gun four times to stop the driver.

The officer called for an ambulance and attempted to assist the wounded driver. The driver was rushed to the hospital, but he died from his injuries shortly after arriving. The driver’s identity has not been released to the public at this time.

The Houston Police Department is investigating this incident. The officer involved is on administrative duty until the end of the investigation.

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