Man confronting officers shot to death

Posted on April 24, 2009. Filed under: shot by police, Texas |

Houston, Texas –

Houston police fatally shot an armed man Friday during an exchange of gunfire at a southeast side public housing complex, officials said.

Officers confronted the man, identified by relatives as Jose Vides, while they were investigating a disturbance with a weapon call shortly after 3 p.m. at the Southlawn Palms apartments at Southlawn and Scott.

“When they arrived, the suspect was holding a gun. They gave repeated commands for the suspect to drop the weapon,” said Jodi Silva, a police spokeswoman.

Ryland Thompson, who lives at the apartments, saw the officers ordering Vides to put the pistol on the ground.

“He turned and fired at them and they returned fire,” Thompson said.

HPD officials said Vides moved toward the officers, continuing to shoot as they sought cover.

“He (Vides) walked out there like he was Billy the Kid,” Thompson said.

The three HPD officers fired back at Vides. He fell to the ground but continued reaching for his pistol, police said. Vides, 25, was shot at least once more and died at the scene, police said.

Thompson said he saw Vides arguing with a wrecker driver in the parking lot just prior to the officers arrival. “The guy was mad about his car being towed,” Thompson said. More on Houston Chronicle

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