League City police officials Wednesday afternoon identified the 18-year-old shot and killed by an officer after an attempted robbery in which a woman was struck in the head with a pipe at a League City CVS pharmacy, but declined to name the officer.
Alvaro Herrera, 18, died Tuesday after being shot during a scuffle with a League City police officer, officials said Thursday.
“It’s an ongoing investigation and we won’t be releasing any information to preserve the integrity of the investigation,” said Maj. Douglas Hudson, spokesman for the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the shooting.
Officials with the sheriff’s office and the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office referred questions about the name of the police officer and the specifics of the criminal investigation to the League City Police Department.
League City police Wednesday confirmed the officer involved in the shooting had been placed on administrative leave, but declined to release his name despite providing more specifics about the attempted robbery.
Officials declined to say why they wouldn’t release the officer’s name, other than to say it wasn’t appropriate.
League City police responded to a report of a robbery at a CVS store, 1295 E. League City Parkway, about 5:20 p.m., League City police spokesman Kelly Williamson said.
Williamson on Wednesday added more specifics to the events leading up to the shooting.
A woman was approached in the CVS parking lot by a man who demanded her car keys and hit her on the side of the head with a pipe, Williamson said.
The woman ran into the store with her keys and the man left the store on foot heading southeast, Williamson said.
Police pursued the man to the 1600 block of Laslina Lane in the nearby Tuscan Lakes subdivision, just across Egret Bay Drive from the CVS.
When a League City police officer approached, Herrera attempted to take the officer’s gun, Trochesset said.
An altercation ensued, Trochesset said. It ended with the officer in possession of the gun, which he fired at Herrera, Trochesset said.
Herrera was killed at the scene, Trochesset said.
The man apparently had dropped the metal pipe while fleeing the CVS, Trochesset said.
Tuesday’s shooting is the fourth officer-involved shooting in Galveston County in the past two years.
Grand juries took no action against former Galveston police officer Evan Fraley and Friendswood police officer Bradley Rusk.
Fraley shot and killed Toni Jo Collins, 36, on March 9, 2017.
Fraley was off duty and in plainclothes when he witnessed two people arguing and approached them, according to reports. He said Collins brandished a rifle and, after a confrontation, he shot her once, according to reports
Police department officials named Fraley as the officer involved in the shooting one day after the shooting.
Rusk was investigating a theft complaint when he saw a person fitting the description of a person accused of stealing beer from a gas station, police said.
Rusk attempted to stop the man, Toby Cummins, who brandished a box cutter and charged at Rusk, who shot and killed him, police said.
That shooting happened Nov. 29, 2016 and officials released Rusk’s name Dec. 2.
Officials are still investigating a third shooting in which La Marque police officer Jose Santos shot Gregory Ray Ham after Ham allegedly threatened the officer with a sword, officials said.
The incident happened Dec. 3 and department officials named both men involved the next day.
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