Woman shot by Houston Police charged with felony
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle
An 18-year-old woman who was shot in the hand by a Houston police officer early Tuesday has been charged with felony evading.
The young woman, identified by authorities as Brittnee S. King, was wounded in the hand after police say she refused to stop when they tried to pull her car over in northeast Houston.
A passenger in King’s car, Floydrick L. Washington, 19, , was arrested on an outstanding warrant for aggravated robbery. He also has been charged with evading detention.
According to police, officers tried to stop King’s red Oldsmobile about 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday after they saw Washington open the front passenger door and throw trash out of the car.
Police said King, who was driving, refused to stop and turned into an apartment complex at 7373 N. Wayside. Before her car rolled to a stop, Washington jumped out and ran. An officer chased him and took him into custody without further incident.
Meanwhile, police say, officer Patrick Carraway told King to show her hands and stop moving, but she refused and tried to open the left front passenger door.
Carraway told investigators he saw an “unknown type of object” in King’s hand and fired his weapon one time, striking her in the left hand. She was arrested at the scene and transported to Ben Taub General Hospital, where she remains in stable condition, police said.
Carraway, who was sworn in as an officer four months ago, is assigned to the Northeast Patrol Division.
The incident, like all officer-involved shootings in the city, is under investigation by HPD’s Homicide and Internal Affairs divisions as well as the Harris County District Attorney’s office.