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A Houston man was shot and killed by a member of the Houston Police Department early Saturday morning. The victim, Alva Braziel, was shot as many as 10 times according to eyewitnesses. According to Houston Police, two officers were driving down Cullen & Ward on routine patrol in Southeast Houston when they saw Braziel in the middle of the street holding a revolver.

The report states that officers stepped out of the vehicle and approached Braziel, asking him to put the weapon down. Witnesses also encouraged the man to put down his pistol according to police. The police also stated that Braziel pointed his weapon at officers before the officers opened fire, striking Braziel multiple times. He died at the scene.

According to officials, the two officers involved in the shooting have over a decade of service with the Houston Police Department. One officer has 13 years of service while the other has 10. Police have spoken with numerous witnesses on the scene and is custom with all officer-involved shootings, the incident is currently being investigated by HPD’s Internal Affairs Division and the District Attorney’s Office.

A bystander told KTRK ABC 13, “It’s like we got a target on our back even if we innocent, it hurts. You don’t even want to walk outside your house no more. But to all the young black men and young black women out there, all black people do something positive.”

Surveillance video at a nearby gas station captured the incident on camera. Police have retrieved the revolver as well as several shell casings dispensed on the ground during the shooting. Both officers have been put on paid administrative leave.

Braziel’s wive who identified him said her husband was out that early in the morning because someone had stolen his horse. Other witnesses say he never pointed his weapon at the officers.

We will update this story as it develops.

Source; ABC 13, KHOU 11

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