4 Houston Police Officers Fired Over Fatal Shooting Of Nicolas Chavez

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«The discharge of those 21 shots for those four members of the Houston Police Department are not objectively reasonable,»Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said of the deadly encounter with Nicolas Chavez in April.

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According to a statement released by HPD on April 22, officers were responding to a «suicide in progress call near Lockwood Drive and the East Freeway (East Interstate Highway 10).»

«As the officers engaged the suspect, he charged at them with a pointed object in his hand,» the statement reads, adding that officers discharged nonlethal rounds at the suspect «which also had no effect.»

«The suspect continued to charge at the officers with the pointed weapon in his hand. Fearing for his life, one officer discharged his duty weapon and struck the suspect, who fell to the ground,» according to police.

The statement says that the suspect then crawled to a Taser, that had been dropped by one of the officers, picked it up and then pointed it in the officers’ direction.

«Fearing for their lives, officers discharged their duty weapons and struck the suspect,» it reads. «Houston Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced him deceased.»

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