If there were a class for crooks, the message would be taught in Crime 101: Don't dare the cops to shoot you, because they probably will.
One suspected drug offender, however, apparently missed that little lesson. And not surprisingly, he paid for it with his life.
On Friday, Houston narcotics officer R. Massey went over to a house at 6710 Letcher near Settegast to serve a search warrant and look for drugs. As he entered the home and announced himself, police say, Massey was greeted by a man waiving a shotgun and daring the officer to "come and get him."
So he did.
Fearing for his life, police say, Massey shot the man, but not until after the man was able to fire at Massey. The suspected druggie's aim, however, was not as sure or true as the officer's. Massey, a nine-year veteran of the force, was unscathed, while the man died on the spot.
Massey later did find illegal drugs in the house, police say.
As with all officer-involved shootings, the case will be investigated by HPD's Internal Affairs and the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
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