Friday, May 8, 2020

Investigation into Shooting Incident at 11710 North Freeway

Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a suspect by an HPD officer at 11710 North Freeway (North Interstate Highway 45) service road about 1:30 a.m. today (May 8).

The deceased male is identified as Adrian Dewand Medearis, 48.

Officer J. Ramos, who discharged his duty weapon in the incident, was not injured.  Officer Ramos is assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Division and was sworn in as an officer in May of 2013.

HPD Special Investigations Unit Sergeant R. Bass and Officers M. Millington, L. Lopez, S. Martinez and J. Hartnett reported: 

Officer Ramos, of the DWI Task Force, conducted a traffic stop of a black BMW at the above address.  The officer made contact with the driver (later identified as Medearis) and conducted a DWI investigation.  When Officer Ramos attempted to place Medearis under arrest, a physical altercation ensued.  During the confrontation, Medearis was able to gain possession of Officer Ramos’ Conducted Energy Device (Taser) and pointed it at him.  Officer Ramos drew his duty weapon, in fear of serious bodily injury or death, and fired multiple times, striking Medearis.
Medearis was provided first aid at the scene and then transported by ambulance to HCA Houston Healthcare Northwest Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. 

As is customary when an officer discharges a weapon in the city limits, the incident is being investigated by the HPD Special Investigations Unit, the Internal Affairs Division and the Harris County District Attorney's Office.