League City police officials Thursday released the name of the officer who shot and killed an 18-year-old Dickinson man Tuesday after an attempted robbery at a CVS pharmacy.
Officer Stephen Massey, 35, a nine-year veteran of the department, is on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, officials said. It’s routine among police departments to put officers on paid leave while shootings are being investigated.
Massey shot Alvaro Herrera, 18, of Dickinson, on Tuesday evening during a scuffle over the officer’s weapon in the 1600 block of Laslina Lane in League City, according to the department.
Police identified Herrera on Wednesday, but withheld Massey’s name until Thursday.
Massey was named an Officer of the Year in 2015 by the 100 Club, an organization that supports police officers and their families.
He received the award after he shot a dog that was attacking a 2-year-old girl at a League City apartment complex in April 2014.
Little information has been available about Herrera. Searches in area court records and state driver records return no results for anyone with his name and of the same age.
Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office officials said they identified Herrera through a fingerprint scan.
League City police on Tuesday responded to a report of a robbery at a CVS store, 1295 E. League City Parkway, about 5:20 p.m., League City police spokesman Kelly Williamson said.
A woman was approached in the CVS parking lot by a man who demanded her car keys and hit her on the side of the head with a pipe, Williamson said.
The woman ran into the store with her keys and the man left the store on foot heading southeast, Williamson said.
Herrera matched the description of the man suspected in the robbery, police said. While searching the area around the CVS, Massey spotted Herrera and approached him, police said.
Herrera attempted to take Massey’s firearm, according to an account provided by the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the shooting.
Massey was able to keep control of his weapon, and then fired at Herrera, who died at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.
The man apparently had dropped the metal pipe while fleeing the CVS, Sheriff Henry Trochesset said.
Tuesday’s shooting is the fourth officer-involved shooting in Galveston County in the past two years.