Houston's 3rd homocide


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Jesse H
January 6, 2003, 05:16 PM
I knew there was a reason I stopped going to that or any other clubs.

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/1725412

Jan. 6, 2003, 6:54AM

Constable kills man with pistol outside downtown club
By MIKE GLENN
Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle
A Harris County constable working a part-time security job fatally shot a man early Sunday in the parking lot of a downtown nightclub.

Truyen The Pham, 22, was shot about 2:30 a.m. after he pointed a pistol at another constable outside the Spy nightclub at Travis and Commerce, police said.

Pham, a Port Arthur resident, was thrown out of the club after he became involved in a verbal confrontation with several other men.

The argument continued outside where the two constables, Cpl. F. Castillo and Deputy D. Avalos, spotted Pham carrying a pistol.

"He was ordered on several occasions to drop the weapon and he refused," said Cpl. Jarrel Caldwell, with the Precinct 6 Constable's Office. "He began discharging the weapon into the crowd of spectators."

One of the rounds struck a woman in the leg.

The constables continued ordering Pham to drop the weapon but he refused. Castillo, a 10-year veteran constable, fired several times after Pham pointed the weapon toward Avalos, police said.

Pham fell and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was the city's third homicide this year.

The injured woman was taken to an area hospital and treated for wounds that were not considered life-threatening, police said.

Homicide detectives with the Houston Police Department and the Harris County District Attorney's Office are both investigating the incident, a routine in any officer-involved shooting.

The Precinct 6 Constable's Office also is conducting an internal investigation into the shooting.

"The officers involved are placed on administrative leave until the investigation is completed," Caldwell said.

Another man, who also was thrown out of the same club, died Nov. 17 after a running gunfight with two Houston police officers working security jobs there.

Michael Richard Barrett, 25, a convicted drug offender, of the 2000 block of Bagby, died at Memorial Hermann Hospital after the shooting that began shortly after 1 a.m.

Officers L.T. Gibson and R.G. Flores were investigating a gunshot when they spotted Barrett with a 9 mm handgun. They chased Barrett from the club's parking lot and later confronted him under a bridge in the 300 block of Washington.

Gibson and Flores approached Barrett and fired at him, striking him twice, when he pointed his weapon at them, police said.

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Coronach
January 6, 2003, 05:24 PM
Check, please!

Mike

stephen_g22
January 6, 2003, 05:56 PM
Amother poor victim of escalating gun violence in America:banghead:

Shoot up a crowd and get your birth certificate revoked by the police and it's a called homicide. I call it good police work. Statistics for the anti's.:cuss:

Aggie1
January 6, 2003, 09:53 PM
I hope the time table in that article is off.

The perp shoots into a crowd but the officers do not fire on him until he points the weapon at them?!?!

Something ain't right here.

PATH
January 6, 2003, 10:29 PM
Don't point your forearms at policemen! What part of that is so hard to understand.

Aggie1
January 6, 2003, 10:44 PM
Path, I think you misunderstood my comment. I think he should have been shot before he pointed the weapon at the officers. He was firing into a crowd of unarmed people.

Coronach
January 6, 2003, 10:55 PM
Aggie, I agree...but you're probably correct that the timetable is incorrect or skewed, or pertinent details (backdrop, distance, etc) are lacking.

Its a news report, not an after-action report.

Mike

Blackhawk
January 7, 2003, 12:26 AM
Didn't know what I'd find, but I half expected to read about the constables screwing up as soon as I started reading it.

They done good, assuming the timeline is off. If it's not, they bent over backwards negotiating with a nut with a gun, and that's a screwup. You don't obey the commands of a LEO while you're holding a gun, then the next noise you almost hear will be "bang"!

sm
January 7, 2003, 12:33 AM
Have a cousin in LEO in that area, I'm told I don't want to be unarmed in areas we drove through last time down. CCW license are UP in #'s. Got a feeling timeline is off...details not clear. Sounds like waited too long...but maybe press release stuff...

Average Guy
January 7, 2003, 12:43 AM
Um...HOMOcide?

"He was ordered on several occasions to drop the weapon and he refused," said Cpl. Jarrel Caldwell, with the Precinct 6 Constable's Office. "He began discharging the weapon into the crowd of spectators."

One of the rounds struck a woman in the leg.

The constables continued ordering Pham to drop the weapon but he refused. Castillo, a 10-year veteran constable, fired several times after Pham pointed the weapon toward Avalos, police said.


Avalos later stated, "It was perfectly fine for him to shoot into the crowd like that, but as soon as he pointed the gun at me--well, I ain't havin' that."

Coronach
January 7, 2003, 10:10 AM
Avalos later stated, "It was perfectly fine for him to shoot into the crowd like that, but as soon as he pointed the gun at me--well, I ain't havin' that."Source?

Mike

Average Guy
January 7, 2003, 01:58 PM
Source?

My big, white, combat-hardened behind.

Didn't my <dripping sarcasm> tags show up? :D

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