Officers open fire on man as he tries to open drivers' doors in SW Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Police say a man acting erratically was trying to get into cars at the intersection of Almeda Road and West Fuqua on Christmas night.

Eyewitnesses say he succeeded at getting into a man's car at a gas station while the man was inside the store.

Dispatchers with Houston police received several calls of the man attempting to get into cars stopped at the light. Eyewitnesses say he was pulling on doors and in a couple of cases jumped the hood.

Police said there were similar reports of a man doing this Monday. Several people reported the man had a knife or some shiny object that flew out of his hand at the scene.

Assistant Chief James Jones with HPD said, "The officer pulled up, the suspect charged towards the officer. The officer said he had a knife in his hand, complainant said he had a knife in his hand. The officer discharged his weapon one time, did not strike the suspect, the suspect continued to run."

A Precinct 7 deputy constable who just happened to be driving by also assisted. The suspect was subdued by a Taser.

HPD believes the man was under the influence of narcotics. They say he was foaming at the mouth.

The man was taken to the hospital. We do not know what charges he may face.



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