A Houston police officer shot to death a man who was allegedly ignoring orders to disarm and was threatening to shoot his wife, HPD says.
Monta Cordell Fizer, 33, died about 1 p.m. yesterday after the incident in the 11700 block of South Sam Houston Parkway West. Police said the location is the site of his wife's office, and she had called cops saying he had threatened her and was on the way there.
From that point, says HPD:
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When Officer [J.M.] McPhail arrived, he saw Fizer getting into a cab in the parking lot in front of the business. Officer McPhail gave verbal commands for the driver and Fizer to exit the taxi immediately. The taxi driver complied, however, Fizer remained in the taxi.
Officer McPhail then took cover and repeatedly gave Fizer verbal commands to exit the taxi and to get on the ground and show his hands, which he ignored. Fizer suddenly exited the taxi and, with one hand behind his back, walked toward Officer McPhail. Fearing for his life, Officer McPhail discharged his duty weapon and struck Fizer. Arriving offciers began to administer first aid, but Fizer died at the scene. A pistol Fizer was armed with was recovered at the scene.
McPhail, a 27-year HPD vet, was not injured in the incident.
The case is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions and the Harris County District Attorney's Office.