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A Houston police officer used his Taser on, then fatally shot a combative, naked 29-year-old man Thursday afternoon in northwest Houston, police said.
The man, identified by relatives as Raymond Smith Jr., stopped his pickup next to the officer's cruiser in a median in the 6000 block of T.C. Jester near DeSoto. The officer, who police would not identify, had just ticketed another motorist.
Activist Quanell X said he had talked to an eyewitness whose account of the incident differed from that of police.
The officer's Taser had no effect on Smith, Abad said.
"The male is undressed completely, turns around and starts chasing the officer,"
"The suspect gets up after being shot," Abad said, "and goes into the patrol car attempting to leave
Smith was shot twice, but continued to struggle with officers and was Tasered again.
Court records show Smith had a criminal record dating back to 1995 — eight convictions, half of them on drug charges.
Originally posted by CuhailI can't believe, in this age of radios and the ability for many, many officers to overwhelm and suppress a threat, that this naked man had to be shot and killed. Obviously he had problems, yes, but, with backup just a radio call away, he could of fought him without the Taser or the gun. The "shoot first, figure out the problem afterwards" is getting rampant.
That's presumptive. What evidence is there that the officer was aiming to kill?
Originally posted by Dr Love
The question I have is, do officers ever shoot to incapacitate anymore, or is it just a killshot?
Originally posted by ATruGod
Sorry if a naked man is chasing me and a taser either didnt work on him or just didnt work, then yes a gun is the next option.
Comeon there has to be something wrong in the first place for him to be naked, also by the time backup got there he could have been dead if the guy was truely hopped up on something.