February 17, 2014
Agencies: Houston Police Department Texas
Cause of death: Shooting
Last updated: over 5 years ago
Authorities said an off-duty Houston police officer was forced to shoot 17 year old Oscar Gaspar in order to stop him and another teen from attacking a shopper.
The officer was driving westbound on W. Gulf Bank just past the North Freeway around 9 p.m. Sunday when he noticed two teens who seemed to be hiding, crouched behind a fenced dumpster by the X-Press Stop convenience store.
Investigators said when he looked back, the officer saw the two teens jump up and attack another man who was leaving the store. Tho pair then started beating the victim.
The officer turned his truck around, got out and approached the attackers. Police said he repeatedly yelled at them to stop beating the man.
Police said one of the attackers saw the officer, but ignored his pleas. One of them had a gun under his shirt, which he pulled out and pointed at the officer. That's when Officer C. Rodriguez, fearing for his own safety, as well as the safety of a passenger that was in his truck, fired his gun and shot 17-year-old Oscar Gaspar.
Officials said the injured Gaspar tried to run away, but later died from his wounds.