Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Bryan Officer Involved in Shooting - Update
On May 6th at approximately 10:12 a.m. Bryan Police Officers responded to 801 N. Texas Avenue in reference to a suspicious person call. The initial officer responding to the scene indentified an individual who appeared to be intoxicated. Upon contact the suspect immediately fled the scene. During the foot pursuit a struggle ensued and the officer discharged his weapon. Bryan Medics responded and transported an injured subject to St. Joseph Regional Health Center.
The Bryan Police Department has initiated two parallel investigations into this incident. The criminal case is currently being investigated by members of the Department’s Criminal Investigation Division. The internal affairs investigation is being conducted by members of the Department’s Professional Standards Division. It is the policy of the Bryan Police Department to place officers involved in shootings on administrative leave pending the results of an administrative review of their actions.
UPDATE 05/06/2011 @ 2:45 p.m.
Two individuals were seriously injured during the course of this incident. The suspect, who sustained several gunshot wounds and a bystander who was struck by a bullet. Both injured individuals were transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center for Treatment. Both the suspect and the bystander are listed in critical condition.
Two officers; the initial responding officer, and a second officer who witnessed the incident, have been placed on paid administrative leave pending administrative review of the incident. The officer directly involved in the incident sustained abrasions but was not transported for treatment. The second officer was not injured during the course of the incident.
The Texas Rangers have also responded to conduct a parallel investigation, which is standard procedure in officer involved shootings. The College Station Police Department’s Crime Scene Unit is assisting the Bryan Police Department with crime scene processing. This incident is under active criminal investigation, appropriate criminal charges for the suspect will be determined.
The Bryan Police Department Criminal Investigation Division has requested that any members of the public, who may have witnessed the incident to contact the Bryan Police Department at 209-5316.
UPDATE 05/06/2011 @ 4:45 p.m.
The suspect in the criminal investigation has been identified as Johnnie Walton Harris Jr. The injured bystander has been identified as Juan Garcia. Both individuals remain under medical care at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Bryan and are listed in critical condition.
UPDATE 05/07/2011 @ 11:00 a.m.
Based upon initial investigative information, Officer William Cross, a fourteen-year veteran with the Bryan Police Department, was the initial officer who responded to yesterday’s call. Following initial contact, Officer Cross reported that the suspect attempted to grab his duty pistol. Officer Cross sustained an injury. The suspect sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Officer Walters, a five-year veteran with the Bryan Police Department, was the second officer to arrive on scene. Both Officers remain on paid administrative leave pending the results of an administrative review.
The following charges have been filed on the suspect:
Assault on a Peace Officer – 3rd Degree Felony
Attempting to Take a Firearm from a Peace Officer – State Jail Felony
Evading Arrest or Detention – Class B Misdemeanor
UPDATE 05/24/2011 @ 12:45 p.m.
The Bryan Police Department, in conjunction with the Texas Rangers, has concluded the criminal investigation into the officer involved shooting that occurred on May 6th, 2011. The investigative files and evidence have been presented to the Brazos County District Attorney for legal review of the officer’s actions.
The internal investigation, which is a separate investigation, conducted by members of the Bryan Police Department’s Professional Standards Division is still on-going. The purpose of this internal investigation is to determine whether or not the involved officer’s actions adhered to departmental policies and practices. The results of this investigation will be reviewed by the Police Administration to determine if administrative action is warranted.
Officer Jon Agnew
Public Information Officer
Bryan Police Department
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