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. gosh


    November 29, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. drap

    An idiot yes
    ... .! but he is lucky it wasn't the LAPD... .

    November 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©


    November 29, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Aggravated assault against a pond?

    November 29, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rodney King

    why bring up LAPD? bad memories,and now Im all emoticon

    November 29, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Portland tony

    Suicide by cop is one way to end it. It sure puts the police between a rock and a hard place though. Don't know what happened here, but it's good that the guy lived. If he was intending to do bad things, I would have thought he would have done them before the cops got there? Who knows!

    November 29, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RusTnuts

    Cool. Wonder what kind of round the cops used? That first one didn't seem to get the job done.

    November 29, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Lmmfao @ Jeff! Dude you are on fire tonite! 🙂

    November 29, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Koi Pond

    This just in! we've been assaulted!

    November 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. pod

    what a goof – and he was going back for the weapon after being hit...i bet he would have unloaded if the PO didn't take him down.

    November 29, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ray

    Finally some decent respectable police work with officers protecting the public instead of beating them up.Kudos Houston PD.

    November 29, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • opoT


      But most of them are broke-dick anal sphincters.

      November 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Christina

    What I want to know is, who was that dude with the giant poofy fro, and what was he trying to do?

    November 29, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • RusTnuts

      I agree, they should have taken down that clown too, just to make it a more interesting clip.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. drap

    The dude with the fro is..."Basketball Jones" all sources point to him..for saving the NBA season... .

    November 29, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jim

    I enjoyed watching him get shot. Is that so wrong?

    November 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |

    ALL MEN HAVE ARMS...err atleast most do..

    November 29, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Very funny [backward R]UFFNUTT. I was born with no arms and a single testicle. I eat with my feet. Do you think THAT'S funny too? Have you ever tried to shave with your feet? No, I didn't think so.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      HA HA Jim that is funny. Tell us more.

      Unless you were serious. Then it's tragic.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Bless you, BOMBO. Can you imagine if I were serious? I'd try telling my story and the whole world would laugh. That would be tragic. No, I'm just trolling around, trying to see what reactions I can get. This is about the only forum left to me at CNN. I've been banned so many times, I'm out of e-mail addresses. I'm trying to get my wife to add an address so I can get back on.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
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