Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Man killed in NW Houston after aiming at HPD officers

You wana dance ya gotta pay the band.

A man who was shot to death by Houston police after refusing to drop a shotgun had sent a text message saying he planned to kill himself, police said today.

Police have not disclosed the name of the man, who was killed about 11 p.m. Monday at the Hammerly Oaks Apartments at 8791 Hammerly at Hollister, according to KHOU Channel 11.

Officers went to the address after being alerted that a man was wandering around the complex with a shotgun, KHOU reported. Officers said the man was going into and out of an apartment and he failed to respond to their commands.

After the officers ordered him almost 20 times to drop his gun, the man started to aim it at them, police reported. Four officers fired at the man, who was hit at least once. He died a short time later at Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital.

Police said the man had sent a text message to a friend, saying he was going to kill himself. They said a note also was found, but they did not say what the man had written or whether he indicated why he wanted to die.

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