Monday, January 5, 2009

Officer shoots man fighting her, police say

I don't know what in the hell could have been going through this dumbass's mind. This female officer is very lucky.

A Pasadena Texas police officer shot and injured a man who started a fight with her during a traffic stop Saturday evening, authorities said.

The officer, whose name was not released, attempted to pull over a speeding vehicle in the 2500 block of Randolph near Red Bluff around 5:15 p.m., said Pasadena Police Department spokesman Vance Mitchell.

However, the driver of the vehicle, Raymond Daniels, 28, drove three more blocks before pulling over, authorities said.

As the officer got out of her squad car, Daniels got out of his vehicle and advanced toward her, Mitchell said.

Although the officer ordered him to stop several times, Daniels kept advancing, Mitchell said.

The officer deployed her Taser but missed, he said.

She pulled out her gun, but Daniels tried to take it from her, Mitchell said, and the two struggled over the gun.

"He'd actually turned the gun towards her," Mitchell said.

The officer was able to turn the weapon back toward Daniels and fired one shot, striking him in the upper shoulder area, Mitchell said.

Daniels was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital, where hospital officials said he was treated and released. Any charges against him are unknown at this time.

The officer suffered a broken finger, Mitchell said.

Police also questioned a passenger in Daniels' car, who was reportedly cooperative. The case is being investigated by the department's Homicide Division and Internal Affairs Division, as well as the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

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