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Black Man Appears To Surrender, Killed By Cops (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A 38-year-old black man was shot and killed by Houston police officers on July 9 (video below).

The Houston Police Department said the man, Alva Braziel, was armed with a handgun, and officers allegedly feared for their own safety and the safety of others, notes KTRK.

Surveillance video that surfaced on Twitter on July 10 appears to show Braziel surrendering with his hands up when police shoot him, reports Newsweek.

In the footage, which has not been verified by police, it is unclear if Braziel has a gun in his hands.

The officers shot Braziel multiple times and he died at the scene.

The cops were reportedly wearing body cameras during the shooting, but that video footage has not been released, nor has any possible dash-cam video from the police car.

According to authorities, friends say Braziel was searching for a stolen horse when the cops approached him, notes the Houston Chronicle.

Houston Police Department spokeswoman Jodi Silva said:

In center of Cullen at Ward, they encounter a suspect standing in the middle of the street armed with a revolver. The officers merely on-viewed this suspect standing in the street armed with a gun.

The officers merely on-viewed this suspect standing in the street armed with a gun. As they [police officers] exited their vehicle, they gave multiple commands to the suspect to drop the weapon and to show his hands and to cooperate

As they're doing this, the suspect raises his weapon initially as to point it towards the air. After that, as the officers continue speaking, the suspect then points his weapon in the direction of the officers. The officers, in fear of their safety, discharged their duty weapons.

Acting Houston Police chief Martha I. Montalvo said the shooting is being investigated by the homicide and internal affairs divisions and the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

Police did not know at the time that Braziel was a convicted felon and not allowed to have a gun. Braziel had been charged more than a dozen times in Harris County with crimes such as drug possession, vehicle burglary and resisting arrest.

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