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Houston, Texas — The Houston Police Department released body-camera footage from an officer-involved shooting on July 6, showing the moment a scuffle broke out between officers and a suspect. HPD patrol officers responded to a family disturbance at an apartment complex at 7525 Park Place Boulevard. Officers spoke with a female in an apartment, who stated the suspect choked her. Officers attempted to speak with the suspect, but he was uncooperative. As officers attempted to detain the suspect, he actively resisted and a physical altercation ensued.
A second male in the apartment intervened by pulling officers’ hands away from the suspect. At that time, the suspect attempted to disarm an officer by removing his duty weapon from his holster. The officer yelled that the suspect had possession of the weapon and it discharged. Officer Garza discharged his duty weapon at the suspect and struck him. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. The second male, identified as Francis Vasquez-Benitez (H/m, 18), is charged with assault of a peace officer in the 176th State District Court.
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0:00 – Bodycam: Officer Garza
2:09 – Bodycam: Officer Maldonado