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Houston man shot and killed by police after reportedly waving gun

Houston police say two officers shot and killed a man they say was armed.


One man is dead in Houston after an officer-involved shooting occurred early this morning (July 9).

According to reports, a pair of officers were on patrol just before 1 a.m. when they allegedly spotted a man standing in the middle of the street waving a revolver. As per Click 2 Houston, a Houston NBC affiliate, when cops ordered the man, later identified as Alva Braziel, to put down the weapon, he reportedly pointed it in the air and then at the officers. Soon after, both officers opened fire at Braziel, who was later identified by a woman believed to be his wife. He died at the scene.

The two officers involved have been on the force for 10 and 13 years. The names of the officers have yet to be identified and according to ABC 13, a Houston ABC affiliate, both officers were wearing body cameras. An investigation is underway.

A gas station near the scene captured the incident at the scene, which many believe will confirm what took place, along with testimonies from witnesses. Another video, filmed after the shooting, made its way to social media.

This shooting occurs just hours after five officers were killed in Dallas during a peaceful protest. Many on social media offered responses to the latest incident, some questioning the aftermath while others noting the Texas' open carry law — which allow those with permits to openly carry handguns. It is unclear if Braziel had a permit.

Stay tuned for more details.

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