Si dice che i due agenti di polizia di Houston coinvolti nell'incidente siano... “sconvolto” after striking a 45-50 year-old man who has not yet been identified, Houston Police Department (HPD) executive assistant chief Larry Satterwhite said in a news conference Saturday.
Gli agenti hanno ricevuto una chiamata in giro 5 p.m. from a woman who said she was robbed at gunpoint and that the thieves stole her black Ford truck and her purse, according to Satterwhite.
“They were running lights and sirens trying to catch up and help our officers in the pursuit and apprehension of the suspects that were involved in the aggravated robbery,” Satterwhite said. “Tragicamente, as they were coming westbound on Reed Road, coming up to the intersection, somehow they lost control of their vehicle.”
The officers administered CPR on the scene but the victim was pronounced dead, Satterwhite said.
The officers in the vehicle that hit the pedestrian are on routine administrative leave while an investigation is underway to determine what caused them to lose control of the cruiser, according to Satterwhite.
Both officers are around 25 years old and have been on the Houston force for less than two years, Lui continuò.
Of the five suspects being pursued in the aggravated robbery and stolen vehicle case, three of them — all juveniles — were caught and charged with aggravated robbery, Satterwhite said. Two others escaped.
Another officer received minor injuries when he was struck by the moving stolen vehicle as it was abandoned by the suspects, according to Satterwhite.
Sean Teare, chief of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office Vehicular Crimes Division, said during the news conference that the incident will not be treated any differently because it involves officers.
“It involves a human being who lost his life, so we’re going to look at it from that lens,” Teare ha detto, adding that authorities are examining multiple pieces of evidence including surveillance footage and information on the speed of the police cruiser at different points in the chase.
“The officers were responding to a violent felony,” Teare ha detto. “This is not a normal crash. A normal crash in situations like this would probably constitute different charges than we’re even going to think about in this case.”