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Published on June 18, 2024
Houston Man Charged After Armed Confrontation With Police in Southeast HoustonSource: Houston Police Department

A man has been charged following a shooting confrontation with Houston police at an address in southeast Houston, according to authorities. The incident occurred at approximately 6:10 p.m. last Saturday, police said.

The suspect, identified as 40-year-old Tyrone Whitfield Barnes, is now facing charges of unlawful carrying of a weapon with a felony conviction. This information, including a 2023 booking photo of Barnes, was disseminated in a news release from the Houston Police Department (HPD). Barnes, who suffered a gunshot wound during the altercation, remains hospitalized but in stable condition.

Officers J. Cruz and M. Anderson of HPD's Southeast Patrol Division were identified as the officers involved in the shooting. Cruz joined the force in October 2022, and Anderson followed in October 2023. The officers reportedly responded to a Shot Spotter alert at the 8600 block of Comal Street, where witnesses directed them to a male suspect in the parking lot.

Authorities have stated that Barnes was holding a gun when approached by the officers, refusing to comply with several commands to put the weapon down. "The suspect raised his weapon and pointed it in the direction of the officers. At that time, both officers discharged their duty weapons," as recounted by HPD Special Investigations Unit Sergeant E. Wohlgemuth, and Detectives H. Le and C. Walker. After the initial exchange, the suspect, while still armed, continued to defy officers before finally lying on the ground subsequent to another discharge of a duty weapon.

The nature of the suspect's injury, a gunshot wound to the right leg, remains unclear, with questions arising as to whether it was inflicted by the officers' gunfire, or was self-inflicted. Following the incident, Barnes received medical assistance from the officers until paramedics arrived and took over his care.

The case is currently under investigation by the HPD Special Investigations Unit, the Internal Affairs Division, and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. These investigations are standard procedure for any officer-involved shooting incident that occurs within Houston city limits.