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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9 Responses

  1. Becky k

    Whydo police always shot to kill instead of shooting in the leg or something stop killing….

    • Ladethe

      What ever happened to tasters?’s like the wild West is everywhere nowadays..they could have shot the gun out of his hand or DIDN’T TAKE TEN SHOTS to stop this man..

      • procras108r85

        What do you expect tasting to do? Guess you’ve never been taught about bringing knives do a gun fight. When these things happen why is it always what the police “could’ve should’ve” done? The idiot could’ve, should’ve not been waving a gun around and pointing it at people! In any case, I’d LOVE to see you try to shoot a gun out of someone’s hand, Annie Oakley..

  2. DBS

    Just by viewing this news clip….I’m thinking when you’re ordered to lower your arms and you have a gun raised in the air your arm has to bypass levels before you’re able to drop the gun to the grown. I sure hope this can be justified. -A black scared sista out of Dallas

  3. Zombiedawg

    You don’t shoot to wound a person that is trying to shoot you. They can still kill you. And a man with a gun is not answered with a tazer….PERIOD.
    Pit your fuckin weapon down when you are told to.


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