HPD: Cop impersonator broken into man's apartment, shot him during struggle


Investigators are calling the fake officer who targeted homes behind these gates "armed and very dangerous." They say they want to get him off the streets before he uses his disguise to hurt someone else.

The guy in the surveillance photos may look like a Houston police officer, but investigators say the man's a fake.

This police impersonator has had neighbors in the 9400 block of Bellaire on edge for weeks. Investigators say the unidentified imposter used clothing resembling a Houston police uniform as a disguise to help him stake out homes and ultimately break in to one man's unit in a complex last month.

According to police, that guy was in the complex going home to home, knocking on doors, telling some witnesses he was there trying to execute a search warrant.

Investigators say the imposter used a crow bar to force his way into one unit, not realizing the homeowner was inside. The two had a struggle and police say the suspect fired a gun, injuring the homeowner, and then ran off.

HPD Officer Michael Ybanez said "The fake officer is described as an Asian male, in his mid to late 20s or possibly early 30s. He's about 5'6"-5'7", about 150 pounds. He has a full face with acne scars about his cheeks and his forehead."

The victim moved from his home for security reasons.

Anyone with information on the wanted suspect in this case is urged to contact the HPD Major Offenders Division at 713-308-3100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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