Officials have identified a man who died in a hospital Tuesday after being shot by a Friendswood police officer on FM 518 near West Willowick Avenue.

The Harris County Medical Examiner’s office identified the man Thursday morning as Toby Cummins, 55, who has no home address. He is from California, police said.

Cummins has a son who lives in Lewisville, Texas, the medical examiner’s office said.

The officer, who is on administrative leave, had been investigating a theft complaint in the 100 block of South Friendswood Drive minutes before the shooting, police said.

Cummins fit the description of a person accused of stealing a beer from the Shell gas station at 101 S. Friendswood Drive, Chief Bob Wieners confirmed.

Cummins was walking south on FM 518 when the officer encountered him near the intersection of Willowick, police said.

The officer was in fear of his life, Wieners said.

“He was armed with a box cutter, blade extended,” he said. “He was shot in close proximity to the officer.”

Friendswood EMS transported Cummins to Clear Lake Medical Center in Webster where he later died, police said.

Numerous police units responded to the “shots fired” call just after 3 p.m.

Attorney Alton C. Todd, whose office at 312 S. Friendswood Drive is just steps from where the shooting occurred, said he heard three gunshots and had seen what appeared to him to be blood on the sidewalk.

Todd said he didn’t see the shooting happen.

Police blocked traffic along FM 518, also called South Friendswood Drive, for hours while they investigated the shooting and the department advised residents to keep clear of the area.

Police and the Galveston County District Attorney are investigating.

The police are encouraging any witnesses with information to contact them, Wieners said.

Valerie Wells is a reporter at The Daily News and can be reached at 409-683-5246 or


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