HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Officials with the Houston Police Department are investigating an incident where an officer shot a suspect and wounded that suspect.
The suspect, identified as 33-year-old Jan Michael Vincent, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance. As a result of the officer discharging his duty weapon, Vincent suffered non life-threatening wounds and was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital.
“Officer D. Morelli, who discharged his duty weapon, was not injured in the incident. Officer Morelli, sworn in as an officer in November 2006, is assigned to the Gang Division,” stated officials with HPD.
HPD Homicide Division Officers also offered the following details of the incident: “HPD patrol officers were conducting an investigation at the above address, which is a known area for narcotics activity. Officers saw suspect Vincent, approached and gave him verbal commands to identify himself. Vincent ignored the officers’ commands, quickly got into his vehicle and began to rummage in the center console and the back seat. Officers gave repeated verbal commands to Vincent to exit the vehicle, which he ignored and continued to rummage through the vehicle. Officers then attempted unsuccessfully to physically pull Vincent from the vehicle, however he continued to ignore commands, became combative and continued to rummage through the vehicle. Believing he was searching for a weapon and fearing for his and his partner’s safety, Officer Morelli discharged his duty weapon at Vincent, wounding him. Vincent was then taken into custody and transported to the hospital.”
As a customary measure during a Houston Police Department officer-involved shooting the incident is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions, as well as the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.