The suspect was shot and killed by HPD officers after he allegedly pointed a sharp object towards them, according to Chief Finner.
HOUSTON — A San Jacinto Pct. 1 deputy constable was shot and killed Wednesday while working an extra job inside a Houston shopping mall.
The deputy constable has been identified as Neil Adams. He went through the police academy in 2012 and worked as the environmental constable for San Jacinto County, said Constable Roy Rogers.
The suspect who allegedly shot the deputy constable was also shot and killed after he walked towards Houston Police Department officers with a sharp object in his hand, according to HPD Chief Troy Finner.
This all unfolded shortly before 4 p.m. on the second floor of the PlazAmericas Mall, which used to be Sharpstown Mall.
The information below is being updated.
What we know
- Constable Neil Adams was working an extra job at the mall
- Adams got into some sort of altercation with the suspect
- The suspect got a hold of a gun and shot Adams
- The suspect ran to the food court and was confronted by HPD officers
- The suspect had a sharp object in his hand and walked towards the officers who shot him
- The suspect died at the hospital
- This is an ongoing investigation
According to Broadcastify audio, there were reports that the suspect took the officer’s weapon and shots were fired.
According to the Houston Police Officers Union, three officers fired at the suspect.
The wounded officer was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in an unknown condition a little after 5 p.m. The suspect, whose condition is also unknown, was taken to Ben Taub Hospital.
It was originally reported to KHOU 11 that the law enforcement officer who was shot was an HCSO deputy, but we later confirmed the deputy shot is a San Jacinto County Pct. 1 deputy constable.
The scene at PlazAmericas has been cleared, but the mall is still closed, according to Houston police.
It was originally reported that another suspect may have still been inside the mall but police have confirmed they have walked through the building and a second suspect was not found.
We have a crew at the mall and a crew at the Texas Medical Center to gather more information on this developing story.
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