November 29th, 2011
09:07 PM ET

Video shows Houston police shooting armed man

Video has surfaced of Houston police officers shooting an armed man in a downtown park.

Police said 21-year-old Joshua Anthony Twohig was armed with a rifle and fired several shots inside Tranquility Park near an area where Occupy Houston protesters were gathered on November 21.

Houston police said they shot Twohig after attempts were made to have him drop his weapon. He suffered several gunshot wounds and was transported to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. Twohig is charged with aggravated assault against a public servant.

Bicycle officers A. Cantos and H. Lam said they were on patrol when they heard gunshots and saw Twohig standing on a bridge near the park's fountains and pond holding a weapon. When the officers approached the scene and told Twohig to drop his rifle, they said he fired his weapon into the pond and then gestered as if he was intending to commit suicide. Police said Twohig then screamed "shoot me, shoot me" toward the officers.

At about this point, police said a witness began recording video of the incident, which CNN obtained from a Houston TV station.

The video shows Twohig dressed in a suit holding a gun to his head. Officers are heard on the video shouting commands to Twohig before they shot him.

CNN affiliate KTRK reports it spoke with Twohig's family after the incident. They did not want to comment about the shooting and told KTRK not to contact them again. KTRK said the name of an attorney for Twohig has not been released at this point.

"We don't know his motives - that being said, he was not a member of the Occupy movement that we know of," Occupy Houston protester Dustin Phipps told KTRK.

"I'm glad that the gentleman did not point his gun at all these innocent people here," witness David Loeser told KTRK.

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  1. Mary

    Do you mean he "Jestured?" there is to such word as Gestured. Good lord.

    November 30, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • RusTnuts

      Omg you americans are retarded.

      November 30, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • JRS ONE


      November 30, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • woodencoconuts

      Mary, you are retarded. Please do a simple search of any dictionary and you will find the word "gestured". There is actually no such word as "jestured" in the English language. Don't embarrass yourself by trying to correct others when you yourself are wrong.

      November 30, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • mskat

      Mary what grade are you in??? Do you not have spell check on your computer??

      November 30, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • RobGR

      Yes, best comment ever.

      Mary, you're a special person, bravo, but hopefully you're not a teacher.

      November 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Stargazer

    Shoot these guys with drug darts so they can od and than be ruled helpless theres no real reason to kill

    November 30, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
    • RobGR

      Yeah, who seriously would want to use a drug dart gun against someone with a real gun? I mean, come on.

      November 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |

      Really? "Drug Darts"? You watch too much TV. People like you with your unrealistic expectations of things like "drug darts", tasers, etc. Get off the couch and get out in the REAL world where you might learn that unlike in the movies... a "Drug dart" isn't always accurate and it will not immediately incapacitate a suspect. Hence... I have a rifle... you have a "drug dart"... You shoot me with the dart... I walk over and shoot you 30 times with my rifle, reload and work my way through a small crowd before your "drug dart" renders me unconscious. Not to mention the cops aren't riding around with cartoon "drug darts" loaded up in their already overloaded belts. In the real world you use firearms to stop persons with firearms. Also in the real world... as you can clearly read.... bullets do not always kill. The officers shot the suspect until he was down, then they took him into custody, then they got the suspect medical care. No killing occurred. Sheesh...

      December 14, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. mk

    To Mary: on
    Do you mean he "Jestured?" there is to such word as Gestured. Good lord.
    Really: This next line is directly from the Oxford Dictionary when one looks up Gesture
    make a gesture:she gestured meaningfully with the pistol. [with object] express

    November 30, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Solrac

    To the guy recording! You where in the line of fire. One of those bullets hit the water very near you! YOU ARE CRAZY!

    November 30, 2011 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cal

    Most people have arms. I'm glad this isn't like "the armed man is king in the country of the armless" because that would be really weird with the police using their feet to shoot with and picking their noses with their toes.

    November 30, 2011 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    @ T.CT Smythe, dont know you, and have never addressed you, so find yourself someone else to single out, ok? I stand by my belief that its an evil hearted person that ENJOYS seeing a human being shot!

    November 30, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    And i want to add, not ONCE did i state that what law enforcement did was inappropriate! They handled the situation in the manner that was BEST for all involved!

    November 30, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    oops sorry i meant TC Smythe, didnt mean to spell your name wrong

    November 30, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
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