Repeat criminal shot a cop in a city that seems to protect criminals – but now he’s going to face federal charges for it (after cops shot back)

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HOUSTON, TX – 23-year-old Jimmy Caston Bryan has been racking up charges since he was 17.

His latest brush with law enforcement landed him in the hospital and now he is facing federal charges. During a May 4th traffic stop on Houston’s Gulf Freeway, he opened fire, striking one of the two officers involved.

They returned fire, hitting Bryan several times. He was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition.

He is now in state custody, according to a press release form the Department of Justice’s Southern District of Texas Attorney’s Office.

“Bryan is charged with use or carry a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime and possession with intent to distribute meth. If convicted, he faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and up to life for the drug charges as well as a minimum of 10 years for using the firearm which must be served consecutively to the other prison term imposed,” the statement read. 

He has also been charged with two counts of aggravated assault of a public servant.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, Houston Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives all participated in the investigation.

He is expected to make an initial appearance before a US magistrate judge in the near future.

On Wednesday, May 4th, Bryan was pulled over by two Houston Police Department officers, both 10-year veterans of the department and assigned to the Highway Interdiction Unit. Bryan pulled over in an Exxon station parking lot. Turns out, he had an outstanding warrant for drug-related charges with a $100,000 bond.

Officers asked Bryan for an ID, but he wouldn’t produce one.

One of the officers opened the vehicle door, and Bryan pulled a semi-automatic handgun from his waistband and started shooting. The officer was struck in the chest and the pelvic region.

The injured officer has been identified as J. Sallee. He was transported to Memorial Hermann’s Southeast Campus. He is expected to be ok.

HPD Chief Troy Finner said, “Thank God for his ballistic vest and a flashlight, I think it probably saved his life.”

Finner conducted a press conference later in the day.

Finner went on to discuss the increase in gun-related violence towards law enforcement.

“I am upset at what’s going on in our nation, our state and our county with gun violence, with suspects who have no damn regard for anybody else and the police. And I want to be respectful when I say this.

Our officers are going to continue to charge forward…and do what we have to do to make our city safe. But again, sanctity of life is most important, but what can we do when people are firing upon us and putting us in those positions?

Today is a day of prayer. It’s National Police Week. We started out with prayer, and I ask that our community continues to pray for everybody.”

As is standard procedure in circumstances like these, both officers have been placed on administrative leave, pending the internal investigation.

During a search of the suspect vehicle, investigators discovered more than 120 grams of meth and a digital scale as well as two handguns. It is unknown if that count included the weapon he used to shoot Officer Sallee, or if these were in addition to that firearm.

KPRC Houston obtained records on Bryan that showed his arrests occurred across multiple Houston-area agencies including Houston, Pasadena, Seabrook, Clear Lake Shores and Edinburg.

His priors have been for theft of a firearm, possession, assault causing bodily injury, violating a bond/protective order and driving while intoxicated.

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Graphic: Houston PD releases body camera footage of takedown of suspect believed to have murdered deputy

HOUSTON, TX – On February 23, 2022, HPD officers were called to the PlazAmericas mall in southwest Houston on a disturbance call. That call wound up with one off duty deputy constable dead and a suspect shot by HPD officer.

That man, 36-year-old Czyz Harrison, would later die of his wounds.

Now, as part of their policy to release video for transparency purposes, the HPD has released multiple camera views of the shooting of Harrison. The video is provided below, but we will warn you that it is graphic and may be hard to watch.

The deputy, who was working a security job, was Neil Adams who worked for the San Jacinto County Precinct 1 Constable’s office.

At some point in his shift, Adams was called to Casanova Collezioni to assist with a customer who was becoming irate that his credit card was being declined.

At some point during the interaction with Harrison, the suspect managed to get Adams gun from him, and shot at him multiple times. In the video below, the mall security guard can be heard telling police that he shot at the deputy at least 8 times.

Officer Mohammed Nassar is shown speaking with mall security and calling for backup, saying he cannot enter the mall alone.

He asks whose gun the suspect had. He was told that it belonged to the “300 unit.”

Asking if it was a security guard, they informed Officer Nassar that he was an off-duty officer, erroneously calling him a sheriff.

Realizing that the wounded individual was a commissioned peace officer, he immediately entered the mall to try to determine the status of that deputy.

When asked where the wounded officer is located, the security guard stated:

“He’s most likely dead. He fired over eight shots at the officer.”

The Houston Chronicle reported on the release of the body camera footage and seemed to imply that the officers who shot Harrison may not have been justified. If they weren’t implying, they were certainly contesting the HPD account of the event.

In a summary video produced by HPD, assistant chief Patty Cantu said Harrison ‘refused to comply and began charging toward the officer.’

But the video appears to show Harrison walking at the same pace throughout the ordeal, including up to the moment Nasser and fellow officer Tallal Salameh opened fire. Nasser shot Harrison while in the middle of giving him a command, the video shows. 

‘Drop the knife,’ Nasser said. ‘Hey, drop the knife. Drop—'”

Again, we want to remind you that this video, while redacted, may be difficult to watch.

At the 6:25 mark of the video, Officer Nassar engaged the suspect coming down the escalator, commanding him to get on the ground and show him his hands. The officer repeated the command “let me see your hands” eight times over a 15-second period.

Harrison is seen walking towards the officer who attempted to maintain distance between himself and the suspect. At the 6:40 mark, Officer Nassar observed a weapon and ordered Harrison to “drop the knife.” It was later determined to be an ice pick.

Harrison continued walking towards the officer. Nassar then backed around an information kiosk, keeping it between himself and the armed man. He gave the full command of “drop the knife” 3 times. It was in the middle of the fourth iteration that shots were fired.

Officers fired 5 shots at Harrison who went to the ground, face down.

To our “friends” at the Chronicle, you shouldn’t allude to shots being fired in the middle of a command and leave out the fact that he had previously issued 11 definitive commands.

Similarly, while Harrison’s pace may not have increased, the fact that he continued to advance on an officer with weapon drawn and issuing verbal command to stop, show hands and drop the knife would fit the definition of charged. He then followed him around an obstacle, continuing to advance toward him. Do we really need to get caught up in the semantics of word choice?

After 17 seconds of being on the ground, Harrison stands up and starts walking away from the officers, one of which had just kicked the ice pick away from the suspect.

Officer again issue verbal commands to stay down, which Harrison again refused to comply. He walked approximately 60′, leaving a trail of blood as he walked, before he was tased.

Even after being shot at least twice and tased, Harrison continued to resist arrest as officers try to control him and render aid.

Harrison could be heard pleading for “help” from “Sarah.”

The video shows both mall surveillance and body-worn camera views from multiple officers on scene.

The incident is being investigated by the HPD Critical Incident and Internal Affairs Units as well as the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. It remains to be seen if the DA will pursue charges against the officers involved in the shooting.

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Texas Deputy Constable shot and killed while working off-duty at local mall to help provide for his family

HOUSTON, TX – A San Jacinto Precinct 1 Deputy Constable has been shot and killed while working an off-duty job at a local mall.

On February 23rd, off duty San Jacinto Precinct Deputy Constable Neil Adams was working security at the PlazAmericas Mall in southwest Houston. At some point, Deputy Constable Adams confronted the 35-year-old suspect, Czyz Harrison, and some type of altercation ensued.

Repeat criminal shot a cop in a city that seems to protect criminals - but now he's going to face federal charges for it (after cops shot back)

During the altercation, Harrison was somehow able to disarm Deputy Constable Adams and used the gun to kill the deputy. Harrison then walked into the food court as officers with the Houston Police Department were responding to a report of an officer down.

When Houston Police Officers T. Salameh and M. Nasser entered the mall, they confronted Harrison who was still in the food court armed with a knife. As the officers challenged Harrison, he charged at them with the knife still in his hands.

At a press conference, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner reported:

“He [Harrison] had a sharp-edged weapon aimed at the officers. Two officers fired upon him, striking him. The suspect later died at the hospital.”

The officers opened fire, striking Harrison who fell to the ground. Instead of staying there, Harrison allegedly got back up and attempted to flee which led officers to use their Taser which had little effect.

Officers moved in and reported that Harrison continued to physically resist their efforts at detaining him. Despite his resistance, officers were able to secure him in handcuffs and he was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Houston Officers Salameh and Nasser have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation which is normal procedure for these incidents. The investigation is being handled jointly by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and the Houston Police Department.

San Jacinto Precinct 1 Constable Roy Rogers spoke about the type of man and law enforcement officer Deputy Constable Adams was. He said:

“Neil was dedicated, he was a true family man and did things the right way. He wanted to treat people right, he wanted to do the right thing…

“It’s a tough time for all of us. Neil was a really good friend of mine. Neil was the kind of guy you’d want to go hunting and fishing with. He was that kind of person. He was real people, a dedicated professional.”

Chief Finner added:

“I ask that everybody pray for this beautiful family, pray for law enforcement, pray for our cities, our counties, and our nation. He’s [Adams] a hero. He’s a hero. And we want to honor him.”

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush noted the deputy’s loss on Twitter:

“Deputy Neil Adams was known and loved by all in his community. Yesterday, he was brutally and senselessly murdered while working an extra shift to serve Texans.

“He was attacked because of the badge he proudly wore.”

Constable Deputy Adams’ wife, DeeDee, was able to speak about her husband after learning of his death. She said:

“I just wanted to say that my husband always said that you can either be a sheep or a sheepdog, and I want everybody to pray for all the sheepdogs out there that are protecting everybody…that get a bad rap, and they just want to protect. That’s what they want to do in their heart, and everybody’s turned their back on them, and everybody should pray for all of them because they’re there for you.”

Deputy Constable Adams is the third law enforcement officer that has been killed in the line of duty in the Houston area since the start of 2022.

 

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