Houston police are investigating an incident in which an armed suspect was fatally shot by an HPD officer at 1900 Travis Street about 2:10 p.m. on Tuesday (August 4).
The suspect, Ashton Broussard (b/m, 30), was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sergeant G. Welch, who discharged his duty weapon, was not injured in the incident. Sergeant Welch was sworn in as an officer in June 2002 and is assigned to the Special Operations Division.
HPD Special Investigations Unit Sergeant J. Hekimian and Detectives J. Snook, N. Arellano, W. Elliot and I. Ulloa reported:
Sergeant Welch, off-duty and in full uniform, was flagged down near the 2500 block of Main Street by a female security guard who advised she had been disarmed by a male suspect (Broussard) wearing a green sweat suit and followed him to this address. Sergeant Welch and the security guard pursued Broussard on foot, but lost sight of him near the Metro Transit Authority station at 1900 Travis Street.
While searching for the suspect, a witness on a bicycle told Sergeant Welch and the security guard that Broussard had gotten on a parked bus at the station and pointed him out. The security guard entered the bus and pointed out Broussard to Sergeant Welch. The passengers were told to exit the bus and Sergeant Welch began talking to Broussard, who stated the weapon was his. Sergeant Welch gave Broussard verbal commands not to touch the gun, which he ignored. Broussard got up, drew the weapon and pointed it at Sergeant Welch. Fearing for his safety, Sergeant Welch discharged his duty weapon and struck Broussard. Houston Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced Broussard deceased. He was positively identified at the scene and was determined to be out on bond for escape and criminal mischief, and was wanted for felony assault on a public servant.
As is customary in HPD officer-involved shootings in the Houston city limits, this case is being investigated by the HPD Special Investigations Unit, the Internal Affairs Division and the Harris County District Attorney's Office.