FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: March 13, 2017
11:09:26 AM CDT
into Officer Involved Shooting at 7800 North Loop West
Houston police are
investigating the shooting of a robbery suspect by an off-duty HPD officer that
occurred at 7800 North Loop West at about 9:25 p.m. last Friday (March 10).
The male suspect
sustained a gunshot wound and was later located at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
HPD Officer G. Olvera,
who discharged his weapon, was not injured in the incident. Officer
Olvera was sworn in as an officer in March 2009 and is assigned to the Downtown
HPD Homicide Division
Sergeant H. Chavez reported:
Officer Olvera was
off-duty at a gym in the 900 block of Mercury Road when he was approached by a
female member of the gym, who stated she had been robbed as she walked to her
car. The victim then directed Officer Olvera to a white Dodge Ram pickup
truck fleeing the parking lot. Officer Olvera grabed his gym bag,
containing his off-duty weapon and his police identification, got into his
personal vehicle and followed the suspect vehicle in an attempt to stop him.
Officer Olvera caught
up to the suspect vehicle at the intersection of the East Freeway (East
Interstate Highway 10) and Normandy, pulled up to the driver's side of the
suspect vehicle, identified himself as a police officer and gave the suspect
verbal commands to stop the vehicle. The suspect then raised his hand as
if he had a weapon. Fearing for his life and believing he was about to be
shot, Officer Olvera discharged his weapon at the suspect. The suspect
vehicle then fled at a high rate of speed on the North Loop West.
continued to pursue the suspect until the suspect exited at North Wayside and
struck a Metro bus. The impact caused the suspect vehicle to spin around
and come to a stop in a grassy area of the freeway exit. Officer Olvera
exited his vehicle and gave verbal commands to the suspect to show his hands.
The suspect's hands came up holding an unknown object. Again,
fearing for his life, Officer Olvera discharged his weapon at the suspect.
It was unclear at that time if the suspect was struck by the gunfire.
The suspect then exited his vehicle and fled the scene on foot.
Officer Olvera exited his vehicle and searched in and around the
suspect's vehicle, but was unable to locate him. It is believed the
suspect may have been picked up by another vehicle along the freeway. He
was later located at the hospital.
As is customary in HPD
officer-involved shooting incidents in the city limits, this case is being
investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Division, as well as the
Harris County District Attorney's Office.