A naked, gun-toting man shot and killed by officers outside a police station in northeast Houston yesterday apparently had been seen holding a gun to is own head moments before the fatal shooting.
Officials identified the man as Tony Wayne Johnson, 29. He died outside the Houston Police Department's Northeast Patrol Station in the 8300 block of Ley Road about 2:40 a.m., police spokesman John Cannon said.
Around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said, they received reports, including one from an Aldine ISD police officer, of a shirtless man — later identified as Johnson— in a white Mitsubishi Mirage driving erratically and waving a gun around the U.S. 59 and North Loop interchange.
Police said that the Aldine officers also reportedly saw him pointing a gun at his own head as he drove
Cannon said Johnson, who was alone in his car, then drove to the station and smashed into a locked gate at the lot where officers park their private vehicles.
He went around the building, failed to smash through a second gate, reversed course and smashed into a car under a sally port where police process prisoners, Cannon said. Johnson emerged from the car with a 9mm handgun and threatened officers, firing at least once, Cannon said.
"They had no idea who they were dealing with," he said. He said officers couldn't determine if the man was irate or possibly trying to help a prisoner who was being brought to the station. That's when six officers fired at him.
No officers were hurt, and no other injuries were reported. Several cars in the parking lot were damaged. It's unclear why Johnson rammed the gate, Cannon said. A toxicology report will be done as part of an autopsy by Harris County medical examiners.
Cannon said the department was checking whether Johnson had any connection to any of the people who were in custody at the police station.
The officers involved in the shooting are: Kevin D. Eichman, 35; Nativida G. Tovar III, 41; Domingo Villarreal Jr., 23; Edward T. Fendia, 31; Darrell K. Marshall, 46; and Thomas M. Reese, 46.
As is common in officer-involved shootings, the officers have been placed on administrative leave for up to three days.
Also as is common in such shootings, the Harris County District Attorney's Office is investigating the case.