Reports: Off-duty Houston officer involved in fatal shooting
A man wielding a knife was shot to death after his family asked an off-duty Houston police officer who lived next door to them to help them because the man was confrontational, officials said.
The shooting occurred at a house in the 13800 block of Rosetta near Huffmeister in northwest Harris County about 12:40 a.m., Monday, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s office.
The victim was identified as William Chad Nash, 32. He died at North Cypress Medical Center’s emergency room.
No other injuries were reported.
Deputies said the man had reportedly been involved in a confrontation with family members and was armed with a knife. His relatives went next door to the officer’s home and ask for the lawman’s help.
Houston police identified the officer as Raul Abdala, 35. He has been with the Houston Police Department since December 2002, said Victor Senties, an HPD spokesman. Senties said Abdala will be placed on desk duty for three days, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.
When Abdala was walking toward the man’s home, he saw the man in the front yard. Deputies said the man was holding a knife.
Deputies said Abdala asked the man to drop the knife, but the man did not comply and moved toward the officer. Fearing for his safety, the officer fired, hitting the man, deputies said.
Deputies did not release details of the confrontation the man had with his family that prompted his relatives to ask for the officer’s help.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide division, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and the Houston Police Department Internal Affairs Division will investigate the case.
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