Around 3:24 a.m., HPD responded to a car crash and stabbing at the Hanover Autry Park apartment complex on 811 Buffalo Park Dr. Although the building is under construction, it's about 30% occupied.
Chief Troy Finner said the suspect carjacked a construction worker watching over the site. As the worker walked away toward the complex's office, the suspect ran over him and crashed into the lobby.
The worker was later identified to us by his sister as 67-year-old Carrl Hayes.
After the crash, the concierge working the front desk called upstairs to the manager.
As the concierge investigated the damage, the driver of the truck got out of the vehicle and charged at him with a knife, police said.
The concierge managed to run away into another office, locking himself inside. He was not injured.
The suspect got back into the truck and drove through another office to try to get to the concierge, Finner said.
As the manager arrived to the scene, he got into a confrontation with the suspect and was stabbed in the back.
He was taken to the hospital to be treated in surgery for multiple stab wounds.
Meanwhile, the driver of the truck climbed back into the vehicle and tried to reverse and then go forward, but the pickup was stuck.
By the time police arrived at the scene, the man was out of the truck and armed with a knife. Police then ordered the man to drop the knife and get on the ground.
HPD said the suspect did not comply and instead charged at the officers with a knife. ABC13 is told that's when two officers shot him.
Although the suspect fell to the ground and dropped the weapon, he managed to get up and run away.
Police say they then used a Taser on the man and took him into custody.
He was taken to the hospital and is also said to be in surgery. Police say the suspect did not have any identification on him.
HPD Commanders & PIO are responding to an officer-involved shooting at 811 Buffalo Park Dr.— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) April 5, 2022
Preliminary info: officers responded to an assault call & found a male w/ a knife & a victim. The armed male then advanced on the officers who discharged their weapons, striking him. pic.twitter.com/GbnzS41JDE
In an update from the scene, Finner called this an isolated, senseless incident and said there was no additional threat to the community. He also warned that this could have happened anywhere and gave a message about the crime in Houston.
"I don't know what the motivation is if you can even describe it," the police chief began. "But the stronger message is this is a good complex just like many other complexes in our city, and we're going to continue to build in the city, and we're going to continue to hang together and get through a few tough times."
The officers involved are both assigned to Central Division Patrol. One has two years of service. The second officer has five years of service.
Finner said the officers will be placed on administrative leave as internal affairs conducts the administrative part of the investigation and the special investigative unit conducts the criminal probe.
Finner said body cam footage would be released in 30 days.
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