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Man in hospital after Houston police shooting in parking lot

January 10, 2020 GMT

HOUSTON (AP) — A man is in a Houston hospital after narcotics task force officers shot him several times in a confrontation in a southeast Houston drug store parking lot Thursday, officials said.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said two plainclothes officers were on stakeout in a black pickup truck shortly before 1:30 p.m. Thursday when a man wearing a backpack approached and tried to enter the truck. When the officers tried to warn the man away, he took off and unzipped his backpack, reached inside and raised the pack toward officers shouting, “I’ve got something for you,” Acevedo said.

One of the officers opened fire, striking the man several times. Acevedo says no weapon was found in the pack or nearby.

The suspect was undergoing surgery at a Houston hospital Thursday afternoon, the chief said. The two officers involved have been placed on administrative duties pending conclusion of investigations. No identities have been released.

Acevedo said the shooting was the fourth this month involving Houston police officers.