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Darrel Franklin Clay Jr.: Wounded, Now Charged After Shooting By Metro Officer

A man who was wounded after being shot by a moonlighting Metro officer has been charged with aggravated assault against a public servant, Houston police say.

Darrel Franklin Clay Jr., 20, got into an altercation with Metro police officer P.M. Martinez about 5:40 p.m. in the 800 block of Green Road Monday, police say.

Martinez "was in uniform and working an extra job at the apartment complex at the above location when he confronted the suspect after detecting a strong odor of marijuana near the suspect," HPD says. "As the officer approached the suspect, the suspect fled on foot."

Police say Martinez chased him and ordered him to stop. Clay "ignored the commands, continued to run and then pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at the officer," HPD says. "Fearing for his safety, the officer discharged his weapon and struck the suspect in the lower back."

Clay is in stable condition in Ben Taub General Hospital. Martinez was not injured.

"As is customary when any law enforcement officer discharges a weapon and causes injury in the city limits, the case is being investigated by the HPD Homicide Division and the Harris County District Attorney's Office," police said.


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