By LeaAnne Klentzman
Police are declining to release any names in the officer involved shooting that occurred early Sunday morning in Stafford. What Stafford police spokesman Raphael Virata did say was that officers were called to investigate a drive by shooting on Glen Meadow Street Sunday, October 13 about 2:40 a.m.
When officers arrived on the scene things degenerated to a SWAT standoff as officers tried to remove people from the house. After a couple of hours, the scene was secured and police attempted to locate praters and take statements. Police were also searching for guests of the party who had fled the scene.
Virata said, “At approximately 6:10 a.m., as officers were attempting to interview potential witnesses that had returned to the scene, officers were approached by a 20 year old male driving a 1998 Ford Expedition.”
During the incident police witnessed the driver of the Expedition driving through the area. After the scene was secured, the Expedition driver made another round, stopping and asking officers what had happened, they told him to move along and leave the criminal investigation area said Virata. “The individual became argumentative and stated “I’ll show you what I can do” as he drove off,” said Virata. On heightened alert police watched the Expedition as it traveled to the end of the street, made a circle in the cul-de-sac, and started heading back straight toward the officers explained Virata.
Officers reacted based on the Expedition driver’s earlier statement and approached the vehicle as it came towards them, said Virata. He said that once the vehicle was stopped the officers ordered the driver out of the vehicle and the driver failed to comply with their directives. Virata said, “As the driver attempted to flee the scene one officer’s arm was pinned in the front driver window at which time the second officer jumped on the running board to assist. The driver dragged the officers approximately 20 feet. When the vehicle came to an abrupt stop, the driver side window shattered.”
Virata said, “The momentum of the sudden stop threw one of the officers in front of the vehicle, at which time the officer drew her weapon and discharged one round at the vehicle.” The driver of the Expedition suffered a gunshot wound to the nose. He was taken by ground ambulance to a Houston hospital. The two officers were taken to a Sugar Land hospital and treated for cuts, bruises, scraped, and removal of glass from their eyes. No information was available on the extent of the injuries or the medical or criminal status of the Expedition driver. No follow-up information was available either on the two officers involved.