Houston police officer kills neighbor wielding a knife
A man wielding a knife was shot to death in the Cypress area of northwest Harris County after his family asked an off-duty Houston police officer who lived next door to help them because the man was confrontational, officials said.
The shooting occurred at a house in the 13800 block of Rosetta near Huffmeister Road about 12:40 a.m. Monday, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
The man was identified as William Chad Nash, 32. He died at North Cypress Medical Center's emergency room.
Nash's family declined to comment Monday, saying they will release a statement after his funeral service.
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 asked for 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 Nash's home, he saw the man in the front yard. Deputies said Nash was holding a knife.
Deputies said Abdala asked the man to drop the knife, but Nash did not comply and moved toward the officer. Fearing for his safety, the officer fired, hitting Nash, deputies said.
Deputies did not release details of the confrontation Nash had with his family that prompted 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 shooting.
Had criminal record
Nash, who originally hailed from Arkansas, served time in an Arkansas state prison for two forgery convictions and one hot check conviction, prison officials there said.
He began his prison sentence there in November 1998 and was released on parole a year later, but he absconded on his supervision, said Arkansas Department of Corrections spokeswoman Dina Tyler. He was returned to prison in Arkansas in June 2001 for violating his parole and remained in custody there until April 2004, she said.
Minor Texas convictions
Public records show Nash also was charged with a felony drug offense in Arkansas in June 2009, but he pleaded not guilty to that crime and the outcome of that case was not immediately clear. He also was found guilty in February 2009 of misdemeanor criminal mischief in Arkansas, records show.
Nash never served time in a Texas prison but has convictions for several minor crimes here. He was convicted in Georgetown in 2006 of making a terroristic threat to a member of his family or household and convicted of criminal mischief causing damage between $500 and $1,500, Texas Department of Public Safety records show. He also was convicted in 2004 for driving with a suspended license in Killeen, DPS records show.
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