A 24-year-old Pearland man is dead after tussling with a Houston police officer at an accident scene.
Blake A. Pate was shot about 11:15 p.m. Christmas night by HPD Sergeant C.W. Hampton; his identity was released today by police.
HPD says Hampton noticed a suspicious vehicle driving in the 9300 block of Tidwell. Before he could pull it over, it hit another vehicle.
"Sergeant Hampton approached the driver (Pate) who was now standing in the roadway," HPD says. "Pate immediately began acting aggressively toward Sergeant Hampton."
Police say "Pate attacked Sergeant Hampton and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, Sergeant Hampton fell to the ground with Pate directly over him. Sergeant Hampton, fearing for his life, discharged his duty weapon several times, fatally striking Pate."
Hampton, a 13-year veteran, suffered minor injuries.
"As is customary in cases in which a HPD officer discharges a weapon causing any type of injury, the incident is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions as well as the Harris County District Attorney's Office," HPD says.