May 04, 2017
Cause of death: Shooting
Last updated: over 3 years ago
An hours-long standoff between a 54-year-old woman and SWAT in front of her Katy home ended Thursday evening with her being shot and killed by deputies, according to the Harris County Sheriff's office. The sheriff's office identified the woman Friday as Lucille Espinosa.
Espinosa had been "extremely belligerent" and threatening toward deputies Thursday, threatening to shoot them if they did not leave her property, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. The stand-off began around 2:20 p.m., when deputies performed a welfare check at Espinosa's home in the 20400 block of Blue Beech Drive. DEADLY: NTSB releases new details in South Texas church bus crash that killed 13 When deputies arrived at her house, she began making threats, according to a sheriff's official. Deputies saw Espinosa brandishing a handgun, according to the news release.
A critical incident response team deputy, a mental health clinician and members of the high risk operations unit and the hostage negotiations team headed to Espinosa's house after deputies tried and failed to negotiate with her. They tried to persuade the woman to come out, but she refused and continued to make threats, the official said. She continued saying she would kill authorities if they tried entering her home.
Deputies broke a downstairs window around 6:05 p.m. to be able to see where she was moving in the home and put some type of chemical irritant inside of the house. The woman came to the window and pointed a handgun at deputies. A pistol was later recovered at the house, said a spokesman with the sheriff's office. Deputies then shot at the woman. She died on scene despite EMS attention. The sheriff's office homicide and internal affairs divisions and the Harris County District Attorney's Office are investigating the incident.