Richard Earl Davis, 26, Bayou Body Count No. 56

A distraught man who was threatening his girlfriend started to pull out a pistol as two cops approached him, and ended up dead, police say.

Richard Earl Davis, 26, who was "distraught after losing his job several weeks ago," was arguing with his girlfriend at a bus stop at 17300 Tomball Parkway about 2:15 p.m. Monday, HPD says.

He had gotten a gun about two weeks ago and threatened his girlfriend with it, police say. Monday he left his mother's apartment with the gun despite the pleas of her and his brother.

They followed him to the bus stop, where he began arguing with his girlfriend, police say. The mother caught the attention of officers S.H. Nguyen and C.M. Oates.

They "attempted to detain Davis, who turned toward the officers while pulling the pistol from his waistband," HPD says. "Officers Nguyen and Oates, fearing for their safety, discharged their duty weapons, striking Davis."

Davis was taken to a hospital where he died.

Both officers joined the force in 2008. The case is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs divisions and the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

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