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Houston police cruiser hits and kills bicyclist, captured on dashcam

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HOUSTON Houston police are currently investigating a crash involving a police cruiser that left a bicyclist dead Tuesday night.

The incident occurred in the 6900 block of North Wayside Drive just after 9 p.m. when the HPD vehicle struck and killed a bicyclist trying to cross the street.







Though police have not officially identified the victim, Click 2 Houston says the victim’s family members identified him as 29-year-old Dwayne Foreman.

HPD Assistant Chief Henry Gaw says the officers in the vehicle were responding to a “priority 2” suicide call.

Though a priority 2 calls for a rapid response, the officers hadn’t activated the cruiser’s lights or sirens upon receiving the call.







Gaw says the speed limit in the area was around 35 or 45 mph and the area where the crash occurred appeared to be dimly lit.

A nearby witness, Dante, captured the incident on his dashboard camera.







According to Click 2 Houston, Dante believes the cruiser was going roughly 70 mph.

“This one officer, he was going so fast,” Dante said. “He had to be going about 70, and he hit the young man on the bicycle. From how the accident happened and the way he hit him, it’s just no way he could’ve seen him.”

Dante’s dashcam also captured the officers turning on the cruiser’s lights after the crash occurred.

Gaw says that this is a “tragic accident” and the department’s vehicular crimes unit is investigating the incident.

“If the officers were at fault… they will be held accountable,” Gaw said.

This is an ongoing investigation and Texas Breaking News will update you once more information is available.

 

 

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Houston Police Department Chief criticizes lawmakers’ lack of action on changing gun laws following death of Sergeant Christopher Brewster

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HOUSTON, Texas – Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo criticized lawmakers and their lack of action concerning gun laws during the procession for Sergeant Christopher Brewster Monday morning.

Sgt. Brewster was shot and killed on Saturday following a domestic disturbance call in East Houston.







Sources with HPD say Brewster served for nine years and was promoted to sergeant in February.

According to KTRK, HPD Chief Art Acevedo took the time during the procession to criticize lawmakers’ ties to the NRA and their inaction in changing gun laws.

In the video, Acevedo urged lawmakers to choose sides and to enact the Violence Against Women Act.







“Who killed our sergeant? A boyfriend abusing his girlfriend. So you’re either here for women, and children, and our daughters, and our sisters and our aunts, or you’re here for the NRA”, said Acevedo.

Acevedo claimed that killings like those of Sgt. Brewster will continue to happen if gun regulations that prohibit those with prior domestic violence charges from owning firearms continue to be ignored.







“Keep guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens with sound minds and out of the abusers,” said Acevedo, “if a man beats up his wife or girlfriend and has an arrest warrant… he shouldn’t be able to go to a store and buy a firearm.”

According to court records, the alleged shooter of Sgt. Brewster, Arturo Solis, has had several encounters with the law.

One of the previous charges is assault causing bodily injury.

You can watch the full video obtained by KTRK above.

 

 

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Houston man taken into custody after barricading himself, 1-year-old child in apartment during hours-long SWAT standoff

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HOUSTON, Texas — A man who barricaded himself and his 1-year-old child in his apartment was taken into police custody Tuesday morning following an hours-long standoff with SWAT.

According to sources from the Chronicle, a woman arrived at her boyfriend’s apartment with their biological child at approximately 1:30 a.m. early Tuesday morning.







Houston Police Department Lt. Rick Besselman said the woman had gone to the man’s apartment located in the 500 block of Schweikhardt Street in hopes of working through their relationship issues.

Lt. Besselman says the conversation eventually took a turn and the man began beating and choking the child’s mother.

Sources say the woman escaped the alleged attack but forgot her child inside the apartment.







Lt. Besselman says officers quickly arrived on scene and tried convincing the man to come outside peacefully, but the man refused.

The woman reportedly told officers he had a gun in the apartment, but Lt. Besselman says police never believed the child was in danger.







At one point during the standoff, the man had reportedly sent a photo of the sleeping child to officers on scene during negotiations with HPD’s Hostage Negotiation Team.

The man surrendered around 6:45 a.m.

According to Lt. Besselman, the man had two felony-drug related warrants from Harris and Fort Bend counties.

He will reportedly be facing an additional felony warrant on an assault charge.

Lt. Besselman stated the child will likely be turned over to family members.

 

 

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New Braunfels police lieutenant facing possession of child pornography charge

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NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas — A lieutenant with the New Braunfels Police Department has been arrested on possession of child pornography.

Sources with KXAN confirmed Lt. Jacob Pullen was taken into custody by Texas Rangers Monday, December 9.







Pullen was reportedly placed on administrative leave on November 14 when NBPD was notified of the Rangers’ investigation into Pullen.

The department stated that action on Pullen’s employment can only be taken after an indictment per the rules that govern civil service.

Because of this, Pullen is still on administrative leave.







Texas Breaking News will update you once more information is available on this case.







 

 

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