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Picking up some chatter on the HCSO-Warrants that an officer has been shot from the back seat of his patrol car. Can't seem to get any more information at this time. Says he's at Ben Taub.

Does anyone have any info?
 

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News flash said suspect in custody from traffic stop somehow got ahold of a gun and seriously wounded the officer. Suspect is in custody again, and the news chopper followed the HFD ambulance and a patrol escort that completely shut down the feeder roads to allow a quick transport. Officer is thought to be in serious condition, but it is not known for sure.
 

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Well here in Texas their going to juice'em. Same difference.

You know this guy is going to get it big time. Right now he's probably getting his a$$ kicked by the biggest cops on the force. They'll probaby say he tripped and fell going into his cell.

The officer leaves behind a wife and 5 young kids.

This city is starting to make me sick!
 
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God rest his soul. As he was a former correctional officer for TDCJ, I will see if we can't get a good ole fashioned TDCJ fundraiser started over here in my neck of the woods. Five children and a wife in a big city like that need all the help the community can give them.
 

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I just heard on the local news from Baton Rouge where they aired a radio announcement of the rising crime there in Houston and Harris
County, telling every Texan to get their conceal carry permits. We have been having problems in the local schools with the battle of the area codes. People who live in the Baton Rouge area and are originally from Baton Rouge have the area code 225 and those thugs
from the New Orleans area have the area code 504. This is caused problems in schools and in the public housing projects in Baton Rouge
the most recent was at a local high school where there was major fight resulting in 12 arrest and the school had to go under lockdown status. Our mayor after Katrina said that he did not want those New Orleans "thugs" in his city. This statement angered the mayor and council president of New Orleans. I know you got some of the thugs
from New Orleans and we got some too. As well as the rest of the country. This type of crap makes me ashamed to be from Louisiana!
 

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little info to add to this thread....of the 391 inmates on death row in texas at the present there are 134 from harris county alone...sad but true...Another fact there are two inmates presently on death row that have been there since 1975 -76 .. the average cost per day to house an inmate on death-row is $68.00 . Lotta people dont make that much in a full days work
 

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Hey ervin1,
I have always said that if they really want to ease overcrowding
in the jails and prisons in this country, they should start at the top
and clear out the death rows. I know in Texas they don't waste time
after the appeals have been exhausted. They open up the express lane. I believe it costs more to keep an inmate alive doing life than just going ahead and strapping em' down on the gurney and let the
juices flow. Because we as taxpayers have to pay for their clothing
housing, food, medical and dental care for the rest of his life. In my opinions that's just too damn long . I saw a doccumentary one on the Discovery channel one night concerning the use of capital punishment and in the old Soviet Union when a man gets sentenced to death in a death Penalty case, that individual gets one chance to appeal his case, and one chance only . It's not like it is here where the condemed gets numerous chances to use all the lame excuses (i.e.) abuse as a child, mental illness, or coming from a broken home.
Things that these anti American bleeding hearts use to try to get their clients off. Anyway in Russia if the condemed appeal is denied they go through with the execution. I know of one execution of a man that had shot a State Trooper in the line of duty back in 1977. The man who had killed the Trooper just got out of jail for killing a taxi cab driver when he was 13. It was 16 years before the murderer was executed due to lame excuses by his lawyers saying that he was abused as achild and that he had some form of mental retardation.
I believe that if you pull the trigger you knew what you were doing.
Short, sweet and end of story.
 

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Yeah, you should see the prisons right now. We were keeping quite a few open beds here and there, but since our request for new prisons in texas was turned down, the unit populations rise everyday. And man, they are younger and younger!
 

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They should make prisons like they do in Japan (Okinawa at least). When you go to prison, you don't get a free ride, i.e. the only food the jail provides is fish-heads and rice, no TV, no gym, etc.

If the prisoner expects to survive, then his family supports him by bringing in food.

They told us when I was there that the average life expectancy of an American in a Japanese prison is one year.

Bleeding hearts: It's not cruel punishment if they don't do the crime to be put in that situation!
 

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rescue161 said:
They told us when I was there that the average life expectancy of an American in a Japanese prison is one year.QUOTE]


Rescue161...what were you in for?
 

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pitcockm said:
rescue161 said:
They told us when I was there that the average life expectancy of an American in a Japanese prison is one year.QUOTE]


Rescue161...what were you in for?
LOL, no, I was stationed there with the Marine Corps (3d FSSG, 3d Supply Bn.). They told us that so we wouldn't get into trouble. There were several Marines that went to jail though while I was there. I have no idea what happened to them. They raped a little 12 y/o Japanese girl - serves them right.
 

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This is yet another tradegy that proves this city has turned into a bunch of crazed animals.

http://www.click2houston.com/news/9905321/detail.html
Was listening to the scanner, while waiting for a class to start, when I head "Officer Down!". My hear sank the longer I listened. I had to turn it off and go to class just after someone called for SWAT. Had to wait till I got home to watch the news to see the sad ending.
This incident is the precise reason why Police and Firemen don't get paid NEARLY enough. Everyone agrees that Cops should be paid more...as long as it does not come from their pockets (higher taxes). That is the problem with today's "gimme" society, everyone wants full protection, but no one wants to pay for it. They just want it handed to them.
 

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Tim-in-TX said:
Was listening to the scanner, while waiting for a class to start, when I head "Officer Down!". My hear sank the longer I listened. I had to turn it off and go to class just after someone called for SWAT. Had to wait till I got home to watch the news to see the sad ending.
This incident is the precise reason why Police and Firemen don't get paid NEARLY enough. Everyone agrees that Cops should be paid more...as long as it does not come from their pockets (higher taxes). That is the problem with today's "gimme" society, everyone wants full protection, but no one wants to pay for it. They just want it handed to them.
Tim,
That's how it is, I was cop for 23 years and that is the general
thinking of the public. Several years ago we had a tax millage for
the public to vote for the money was to give deputies a pay raise
and to keep a building open at the Parish jail, needless to say the
tax millage did not pass and 30 deputies lost their jobs. This
caused overcrowding and other problems as far as staffing the
shifts. When the public saw how much a problem this caused
with releasing prisoners that were arrested and could not be
brought into the jail, the public realized the importance of keep-
ing that particular building open, they voted for the millage when
it appeared non the ballot the second time. I mean it had gotten
so bad that we could only accept people arrested for violent
felonies. And yes the cops are still underpaid for the job they
do. I hate to say this but they will always be overworked and
underpaid for the job they do.
 

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HPD: Suspect gives confession

HPD: Suspect gives confession

01:38 PM CDT on Friday, September 22, 2006

From 11 News staff and wire reports

The Houston Police Department said the suspect in the murder of a police officer has confessed to the crime.


HPOU

HPD Officer Rodney Johnson

Juan Leonardo Quintero, 32, is charged with the capital murder of Officer Rodney Johnson.

Officer Johnson was shot around 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the 9300 block of Randolph.

He was rushed to Ben Taub, but it was too late. The 40-year-old father of five didn’t survive.

Prosecutors on Friday said Quintero pulled a 9 mm handgun from his waistband and shot Officer Johnson. Casings were found in the car.

Quintero is being held without bond.

A woman who claims to be his wife and a security guard told 11 News: "I don't have anything left for him," she said. "Why he did this I don't know. To me, a fellow officer died; that is what we should focus on.

"Two lives are gone," the woman said. "I don't know how to talk to him. I don't know what to say to him."

The woman told 11 News the gun belonged to her, and that she kept it in a locked box next to her bed. She said only she and Quintero knew where the key was.

She also told 11 News that Quintero is in the United States illegally, and that he spends more time in Mexico than Texas.

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Homicide investigators, Internal Affairs agents and members of the Harris County District Attorney’s office were at the scene of the crime Thursday, trying to piece together what could have gone so tragically wrong.

The incident started like so many other police moments: Quintero was pulled over for an alleged speeding violation.

“The officer took the suspect into custody. He was apparently handcuffed and placed in the rear of a patrol vehicle,” said HPD Chief Harold Hurtt at a press conference.

What happened next is what homicide detectives want to find out.

Witnesses driving by saw nothing unusual.

“The police officer was leaving the truck and going back to the patrol car, like walking back that way,” said the witness.

Somehow Quintero got a gun and used it while handcuffed.

“We believe the officer was shot while sitting inside his vehicle. He was able to push the emergency button,” said Chief Hurtt.

A bullets grazed the back of Officer Johnson's head. Then he turned, and he was shot in the face three times, according to investigators.

Quintero was clearly agitated and thrashing around in the back of the car as he was taken into custody Thursday. Police took his clothing as evidence, and he was dressed in a paper jumper.

News of Officer Johnson’s death came out around 8 p.m.

As word got out, Houston's leaders arrived at Ben Taub Hospital: Police Chief Harold Hurtt, Mayor Bill White and City Councilman Adrian Garcia, a former HPD officer.

Johnson was born in Houston but graduated from high school in Oakland, Calif., in 1984, according to a biography kept by the Houston Police Officers’ Union. He then served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer until being honorably discharged in 1990.

Johnson went to work as a corrections officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and then as a jail attendant. He graduated from the Houston police academy in 1994.

As a member of the department’s Southeast Gang Task Force, Johnson earned two Lifesaving Awards and one Medal of Valor from the state of Texas.

Johnson, who was 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighed nearly 300 pounds, served on the officers’ union board of directors.

“He was big and he was intimidating-looking, but he was as gentle as a baby bear,” said Hans Marticiuc, union president.

Officer Johnson is survived by his wife, HPD Officer Joslyn Johnson, and their five children, ages 14 to 19.


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I hope the hell they put the shooter's you what under the jail and they juice him up good. Yes I am "Pro Police" and " Pro Death Penalty". Condolences to the officer's family and the Houston Police
Department. We just buried a motorcycle officer 3 weeks in over here
in Baton Rouge and the Chief and my wife are good friends, So I can
understand what everybody over there in Houston is going through.
They say it will take time, but during that time of grieving and healing we should not forget the man the officer was to the citizens
of Houston nor the way he was with his family.
 

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HPD: Suspect in officer's murder in U.S. illegally

HPD: Suspect in officer's murder in U.S. illegally

05:16 PM CDT on Friday, September 22, 2006

From 11 News Staff and Wire Reports

The Houston Police Department said the suspect in the murder of a police officer has confessed to the crime.


HPD

Officer Rodney Johnson

Police also confirmed that the suspect, Juan Leonardo Quintero, 32, was in the country illegally after being deported in 1999.

Quintero is charged with the capital murder of Officer Rodney Johnson, 40, who was shot around 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the 9300 block of Randolph.

Prosecutors on Friday said Quintero, who is being held without bond, pulled a 9 mm handgun from his waistband and shot Johnson. Casings were found in the car and police revealed Friday that the suspect also tried to shoot a tow-truck operator who showed up just after Johnson was shot.

Police also released more details about the shooting. They said that Johnson apparently missed a gun that Quintero had during a pat-down search.

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“Apparently in the course of the pat-down search, the officer did not determine it (the gun) was present,” said HPD investigator Dale Brown. “The officer just missed the weapon in the pat-down search.”

Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt had harsh words for the system that apparently allowed Quintero back into the country.

"If the government would fulfill their responsibility of protecting the border, we would probably not be standing here today," Hurtt said at a press conference Friday.

A woman who claims to be Quintero’s wife and a security guard told 11 News: “I don’t have anything left for him,” she said. “Why he did this I don’t know. To me, a fellow officer died; that is what we should focus on.

“Two lives are gone,” the woman said. “I don’t know how to talk to him. I don’t know what to say to him.”

The woman told 11 News the gun belonged to her, and that she kept it in a locked box next to her bed. She said only she and Quintero knew where the key was.

She also told 11 News that Quintero is in the United States illegally, and that he spends more time in Mexico than Texas. Police confirmed that Friday, saying that Quintero was deported in 1999 after he was charged with indecency with a child.

“Part of the investigation is determining when he did return to this country illegally,” Brown said.

Homicide investigators, Internal Affairs agents and members of the Harris County District Attorney’s office were at the scene of the crime Thursday, trying to piece together what could have gone so tragically wrong.

The incident started like so many other police moments: Quintero was pulled over for an alleged speeding violation for traveling 50 mph in a 30 mph zone. He was taken into custody after Johnson determined he did not have a driver’s license.

“The officer took the suspect into custody. He was apparently handcuffed and placed in the rear of a patrol vehicle,” Hurtt said at a press conference.

Witnesses driving by saw nothing unusual.

“The police officer was leaving the truck and going back to the patrol car, like walking back that way,” said the witness.

Police said Friday that they believe the suspect was able to move his hands under his feet and bring them to the front of his body.

“We believe the officer was shot while sitting inside his vehicle. He was able to push the emergency button,” said Chief Hurtt.

A bullet grazed the back of Officer Johnson’s head. Then he turned, and he was shot in the face three times, according to investigators.

Quintero was clearly agitated and thrashing around in the back of the car as he was taken into custody Thursday. Police took his clothing as evidence, and he was dressed in a paper jumper.

News of Officer Johnson’s death came out around 8 p.m.

As word got out, Houston’s leaders arrived at Ben Taub Hospital: Hurtt, Mayor Bill White and City Councilman Adrian Garcia, a former HPD officer.

Johnson was born in Houston but graduated from high school in Oakland, Calif., in 1984, according to a biography kept by the Houston Police Officers’ Union. He then served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer until being honorably discharged in 1990.

Johnson went to work as a corrections officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and then as a jail attendant. He graduated from the Houston police academy in 1994.

As a member of the department’s Southeast Gang Task Force, Johnson earned two Lifesaving Awards and one Medal of Valor from the state of Texas.

According to HPD, he rescued a physically challenged driver trapped in rising floodwaters in January 1998.

That same year he rescued mentally challenged people trapped inside of a burning house, HPD said.

Johnson, who was 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighed nearly 300 pounds, served on the officers’ union board of directors.

“He was big and he was intimidating-looking, but he was as gentle as a baby bear,” said Hans Marticiuc, union president.

Officer Johnson is survived by his wife, HPD Officer Joslyn Johnson, and their five children, ages 14 to 19.


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Rodney J. Johnson

RODNEY J. JOHNSON, a child of Christ, born October 24, 1965 in Houston, to David and Cynthia Johnson, was called home September 21, 2006. Rodney's life long aspiration was to become a police officer. When he was fourteen, he moved to Oakland, CA, graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1984, and then enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving six years. He then became a Correctional Officer and a City Jailer. Rodney finally fulfilled his dream of becoming a Houston Police Officer by graduating from the Academy Class 159, in December of 1994. This is where he met the love of his life, wife, Joslyn M. Johnson. During Rodney's tenure as an officer, he earned two Life Saving Honors, and a Medal of Valor from the Governor of Texas. He was preceded in death by his father, David E. Johnson. Survivors include his devoted and loving wife, Joslyn; sons, Corrigan and Reginald; daughters, Amber, Astin, and Jessica; mother, Cynthia M. Johnson; brother, David A. Johnson; sisters, Susan M. Johnson and Michelle D. Brown; grandmother, Mildred Norman; and a host of other loving relatives and friends. Visitation: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Tuesday, September 26, 2006, Grace Community Church, 14505 Gulf Freeway, Houston. Funeral Service: 10:00 AM, Wednesday, September 27, 2006, Grace Community Church. Interment: Houston National Cemetery. Memorial Donations: HPFCU, 1600 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77007.


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The suspect is suppossed to be getting the death penalty, so we will see how it goes.... The family of the suspect will probably sue HPD for some BS crap.
 
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