HOUSTON, TX — Two young boys took control of their SUV after their father was fatally shot in the head while driving on a freeway.
The circumstances leading to the Aug. 20 shooting were not known. While the father, 29, died on the scene, both boys, ages 6 and 8, were not harmed, according to a KHOU 11 report.
I pray that those boys have some fathers in their lives to help them to grow up to be the best person’s the best son’s for their mother and to make their family proud.— [email protected] (@don_ujamaa6) August 21, 2021
Houston police were unsure if this was a road rage incident, but an investigation is ongoing. Houston Police Department Lt. R. Willkens told ABC 13:
“We don’t know if it was road rage or if it was someone actually trying to get these individuals. So, prayers for their family. The kids are safe right now.”
ABC 13 reported that authorities are looking for the person who opened fire on the SUV in the area of I-10 and Federal Road. There was no description of the shooter or his or her vehicle.
The victim and his sons were eastbound in the main lanes of the freeway when the children heard a loud noise and watched as their father slumped over the steering wheel, according to Houston police.
The boys grabbed the wheel and steered the SUV off the main lanes approximately a mile and onto the feeder road where they came to a stop near Federal Road.
The boys were then able to run for help once the vehicle stopped, police said.
Police credited the boys for safely bringing their vehicle to a stop and preventing another tragedy on the busy freeway.
The East Freeway shooting was the third violent incident involving gunfire in the city in a 12-hour period, according to ABC 13. The shooting incidents were not believed to be related.
Scrolling through the Houston Police Department’s Twitter feed, one can see the nature of violent crimes in the city.
A suspect has been taken to the hospital after an officer-involved shooting this morning in the 10300 block of Mullins. Another woman was taken to the hospital after being stabbed by the suspect. HPD is on scene and is handling the investigation. pic.twitter.com/CwXopm69RR— Harris County Pct 5 (@HCpct5) August 29, 2021
Dispatch had alerted police of an assault in progress. When Harris County Precinct 5 deputies arrived at the home, they determined that an altercation had taken place and was presumed to be a family disturbance, according to Assistant Chief Garcia.
The deputies encountered two individuals in the home who were bleeding and injured.
The deputies determined that a male suspect had assaulted two members of his household with a knife and left before police arrived.
The deputies called into dispatch and informed that they were looking for a male with a knife. The deputies searched the neighborhood and eventually found the suspect walking with a knife in his hand.
After the deputies gave “numerous verbal commands to drop the knife,” the suspect charged at one of the Precinct 5 deputies. The deputy who was under threat discharged “a couple of rounds,” which struck the suspect.
When the suspect fell to the ground, Precinct 5 deputies, along with Houston police officers, rendered basic first aid to him.
The suspect was then transported to a hospital. The assistant chief reported he was in stable condition.
Both victims from the suspect’s household were also taken to a hospital due to their injuries from possibly being stabbed. They were also reported to be in stable condition.
Assistant Chief Garcia said that the Houston Police’s Homicide/Special Investigations Unit would be taking the lead on the officer-involved shooting and working with Precinct 5.
Houston has fewer police per capita than New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia, according to Houston Public Media.
Last June, Houston Public Media reported the Houston City Council voted unanimously to approve a 2021 budget that would include a $20 million increase for the Houston Police Department:
“The $5.1 billion budget, which raised police funds to $964 million in Fiscal Year 2021, also raised the fire department’s general fund to about $517 million.”
Outside City Hall, protesters were demanding that City Council defund the police. Some Houstonians also gave hours of testimony calling for the city to reduce police funding and redirect money toward public health and other departments.
Houston Public Media reported:
“Protesters chanted slogans like ‘we have nothing to lose but our chains,’ and held signs critical of the Houston police and Chief Art Acevedo, with many echoing calls across the country to defund the police after the death of George Floyd.
“Despite that pushback, Mayor Sylvester Turner on Wednesday said the decision to increase funding to the police was a response to people throughout Houston who have called for more police resources, including people in his own neighborhood of Acres Homes.”
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The mayor said during a Council meeting:
“We have been working feverishly to increase that number, and it’s been the general public, the people in your districts, the people who you represent who ask for more police in their districts.
“When I came in as mayor, one of the first things I said as mayor is that we need to invest in communities that have been underserved and under resourced, like the community that I grew up in and still live.”
After the Council’s meeting, former Police Chief Art Acevedo thanked Mayor Turner and said during a press conference:
“What you’re doing here today is building trust, and building legitimacy, and breaking down even the perception of bad policing.
“This codifies the expectations of this mayor and this council in terms of what the police department is supposed to be doing, and I believe that is a first.”
We recently reported that Houston’s former Police Chief Acevedo moved to Florida, where he is now the chief for the Miami Police Department.
In an editorial, Pat Droney reported how the chief suspended a Miami police officer for flashing a hand sign that was alleged by some to be a white supremacist gesture.
NEW: Miami’s police union fired back at the city’s police chief Friday, posting a picture of Art Acevedo posing with the same gesture he suspended an officer for using last week — a hand signal often associated with white power extremist groups. https://t.co/V7gSRn6HjL— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) August 20, 2021
However, a photo of Acevedo later emerged that reportedly showed the chief flashing the same hand gesture that the officer was suspended for. Here is that editorial.
MIAMI, FL — Of all the insufferable frauds serving as police chiefs in the country, Miami Chief Art Acevedo has got to be at the top of the list.
For the most part and with very few exceptions, police chiefs in larger cities are typically political suck ups who get the job because they have the right political party next to their name or carry the water for city officials.
Acevedo, who just came to Miami from Houston, Texas, where he left that city’s department in a shambles, recently suspended police officer Daniel Ubeda for using a hand gesture alleged by some to be a white supremacist symbol in a photo posted to social media.
The far-left so-called “Anti-Defamation League” claims the symbol, reminiscent to an “OK” sign is a symbol of white supremacy.
Now, a Miami television station, WPLG Local 10 has received a photo of Acevedo using that same exact hand signal at an event when he was chief of Houston.
The outlet said they spoke to Houston’s current Chief of Police Troy Finner, who was present when the photo of Acevedo was taken as he was “throwing up the threes.”
“That’s at Jack Yates High School, Third Ward. There’s so much pride. That’s a historically African American community in Houston. If you talk to any Third Ward person, they call it ‘throwing up the threes,’” Finner said.
“These individuals are extremely proud,” Finner said. “They asked the chief to come throw up the Third Ward sign and he did.”
Acevedo was out of town at a conference and unable to comment on the picture, who referred Local 10 to Finner.
Finner said the signal was actually tribute to career criminal George Floyd, with Acevedo’s picture being taken three weeks after his death in Minneapolis.
“I was there that day,” said Finner. “It was a celebration of George Floyd,” he told the Miami Herald.
Local 10 said a quick Internet search found singer Beyonce, a black by the way, flashing the same exact sign. So, is it a racist symbol or not?
Wait…isn't he making the "white supremacy" sign with his hand??!?!?!?!?! 😉— Bryan Bogle 🤘🤘 (@colbogus) May 3, 2021
The sign has also been flashed by others such as social justice warrior and part-time NBA player the overrated LeBron James.
The Miami Police Union, already in a contentious relationship with Acevedo for his telling officers who don’t want to get vaccinated to look elsewhere for employment, posted a picture of Acevedo “throwing up the threes” on their Twitter page entitled “Do as I say not as I do.”
White power signs are evil.— David Jensen (@DAJensen07) August 20, 2021
White supremacy is evil.
Don't make excuses for criminals, even if they wear a police uniform.
Ubeda was suspended by Acevedo last week while internal affairs looks into the picture taken with six other members of his squad, in which Ubeda flashes the exact same hand gesture used by Acevedo.
Tommy Reyes, president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police said the picture wasn’t meant to go public.
“This was meant to be private between him and his six guys,” Reyes said. “It was not supposed to be posted on Twitter.”
According to Reyes, Ubeda who flashed the “threes” with both of his hands said the gesture referred to “six” of his colleagues on his shift and not white power. He also noted that Ubeda’s supervisor as well as the commander who tweeted the photo are black, and they never raised any issues with the hand gesture.
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