REPORT: Livingston Police Shoot, Injure Stolen Motorcycle Suspect
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Texas Rangers are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Saturday, April 22, in the 1100 block of Bluebird Avenue in Livingston, Texas.
According to a release from the Southeast Texas Region of the Texas Department of Public Safety, the preliminary information indicates that at approximately 6:30 p.m., officers with the Livingston Police Department observed a stolen motorcycle and attempted a traffic stop. After a short pursuit, the motorcycle driver crashed, and the driver fled on foot. Officers responded to the area and observed the subject running through a residential neighborhood.
Upon contact, officers located the suspect and utilized a taser in an attempt to apprehend the suspect, but the taser was ineffective. The suspect was able to pull a .40 caliber handgun from his boot when he was shot by responding officers.
Immediately, the responding officers began rendering life-saving measures until emergency medical personnel arrived and transported the suspect to HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe in critical condition.
The identity of the suspect is not immediately available. This is an ongoing investigation. No additional information is available at this time.
This marks the second officer-involved shooting in April for Livingston.
In that incident on April 2, officers with the Livingston Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a man displaying a gun in the 100 block of Pan American Drive
Upon arrival, officers located the suspect and gave commands, both in English and Spanish, for the suspect to drop the weapon. The suspect failed to comply with the orders and then allegedly pointed the gun at the officers. At this time, the suspect was shot by law enforcement on the scene.
Immediately after the suspect was shot, the officers began rendering life-saving measures until emergency medical personnel arrived. The suspect was then transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital located on Highway 59 in Livingston, where he was pronounced deceased.
The suspect was identified as Jose Luis Hernandez, 66, from Livingston.