Timestamp8/23/14 16:45
Date Searched9-Jul-12
StateTX - Texas
Victim NameRufino Lara
Victim's Age54
Victim's GenderMale
Hispanic or Latino OriginHispanic or Latino origin
Hit or Killed?Killed
Armed or Unarmed?Unarmed
Summaryhttp://"Two officers responded to an assault call possibly involving weapons, police say. The officers arrived at the scene and saw five males in the area. Two of them took off, and the other three began walking away. The officers followed them and ordered them both in English and Spanish to raise both of their hands. One of the men refused to follow orders and then quickly turned around for some reason. That's when one of the officers opened fire and shot the suspect. He died at the scene. No weapons were found on any of the males, but they were detained for questioning." However, details have been disputed by witnesses, who say that the officers never spoke in Spanish (the victim did not speak English), that he had his hands above his head while leaning against a wall as if surrendering, and that all he did was turn around. The victim may also have been the person who was assaulted in the first place. The police refused to let bystanders video the crime scene. Addition details: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Witnesses-dispute-HPD-s-account-of-fatal-shooting-3697666.php http://abc13.com/archive/8731557/
Source Linkhttp://abc13.com/archive/8730279/
Name of Officer or OfficersJ. McGowan
Was the Shooting Justified?1
County StateHarris TX - Texas