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January 08, 2007
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Man shot and killed in struggle with Houston officer

HOUSTON , Tex. -- (AP) A man involved in a struggle with a Houston police officer was shot and killed Monday after using the officer's stun gun to attack him, police said.

The 37-year-old officer, who was not immediately identified, was taken to a Houston hospital after he was struck in the neck and right shoulder by the Taser stun gun.

The man had not been identified late Monday. He was a passenger in a car that the officer had stopped because of a defective tail light, police said.

After the officer had taken the female driver into custody, he returned to the vehicle and asked the passenger to get out of the car. The officer had smelled the odor of narcotics, said Capt. Dwayne Ready.

The passenger began fighting with the officer as he tried to place him in the patrol car. The man broke away and the two ended up in a ditch, where the officer attempted to stun the man with his Taser, Ready said.

"The suspect was able to grab the officer's hand with the stun gun and turned it on (him)," Ready said in a story in Monday's online edition of the Houston Chronicle. "It popped the officer's thumb out of the socket."

Authorities said the officer moved away and drew his weapon, shooting the man in the chest.

The police department and the Harris County District Attorney's Office are investigating.

The shooting was the second officer-involved one in Houston in as many days. On Sunday, an officer shot and killed a man wielding a hammer after attempts to subdue the man with a Taser and a beanbag shotgun failed.

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