What do you get when you throw a bar brawler and his pit bull at a lawman with a Taser and a gun?
On Friday, at least, the answer was a dead man.
It all started out at a sports bar along FM 1960 in northeast Harris County. A patron, Christopher Lee Brooks, had reportedly beaten a man unconscious, so someone called the sheriff's department.
When deputies arrived at the bar, Brooks was long gone. However, it didn't take long to track Brooks down to his home along the 3800 block of Beckett Ridge Road, about a five-minute drive away.
It was a little past midnight when a deputy walked up to Brooks' front door and started knocking. For a while, authorities say, there was no answer, until suddenly the door swung open and the deputy saw Brooks standing in the doorway holding a rifle.
In short order, the deputy was able to convince Brooks to lay down his gun, but when the officer tried to cuff Brooks and arrest him for the bar brawl, Brooks allegedly started resisting and the two soon got into a full-blown fight.
As the two men grappled with each other, authorities say, the deputy went for his Taser and tried to shock Brooks into submission. For some reason, though, it didn't work, and Brooks kept fighting, all the while commanding his pit bull to savage the deputy.
Investigators claim that as the officer tried to fend off the animal and subdue Brooks, Brooks stole the Taser and placed it against the deputy ready to stun him. That's when, authorities say, the officer, fearful of being hurt by the dog, the Taser or possible Brooks' rifle, shot and killed the 26-year-old.
This case, like all deputy-involved shootings, will be reviewed by the county's Office of Inspector General and the DA's Office.
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