LEAGUE CITY

A League City Police Department officer shot and killed a man Wednesday evening outside a home in a residential neighborhood, the department said.

The man allegedly assaulted the officer before the shooting, a police department spokesman said.

League City police cars and Galveston County Sheriff’s Office vehicles lined the streets in the surrounding Bay Colony neighborhood for hours after the shooting. Sheriff Henry Trochesset called the investigation fluid, and said more information might be available Thursday.

As evening began to fall over the neighborhood, flashing police lights and crime scene tape greeted residents arriving home from work.

The shooting happened at about 4:45 p.m. in the area of Overton Place Lane and Turner Fields Lane, a neighborhood of large, single-family houses west of Calder Road Elementary School.

Police were initially called to the neighborhood because of a reported disturbance at a home in the 6500 block of Turner Place Lane, department spokesman officer John Griffith said.

When an officer arrived, he spoke to a woman who was standing near the home, Griffith said.

While speaking to a woman, a man came out of the house and assaulted the officer, Griffith said.

During the assault, the officer shot the man, Griffith said.

The man was rushed to a local hospital, where he died, officials said.

Police did not immediately identify the man or the officer. They didn’t immediately release details about the nature of the disturbance or whether the man had been armed.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave, as required by department policy, Griffith said.

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office is assisting with the shooting investigation. The sheriff’s office is typically called to officer-involved shootings to act as a third-party investigator.

The shooting is the fourth fatal shooting involving a League City Police Department officer since the beginning of 2018.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com

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(5) comments

Marc Edelman

Anytime a person is killed it is a tragedy. However, here lately, it seems people have no respect for the law or authority. We must all reject this assault against law enforcement. The police are not the enemy, they are the protectors of our community. The police deserve our respect and support. A person who would assault or kill a policeman, is a total and complete threat against all civilized people.

Robert Braeking

Anyone who would assault a cop is likely mentally ill either clinically or temporarily. Police need to be educated on handling the mentally ill.

RE: Respect. The way current police training creates uniformed adversaries it is no wonder there is little respect.

DAVID MOSS

Anyone who would assault a police officer is probably really mean and really stupid. Robert, I hope you or your family never need one of these " uniformed adversaries."

jim sitgreaves

I have to ask a question to you, Robert. On what study to you base your assumption that "anyone who would assault a cop is likely mentally ill either clinically or temporarily?" What gives you the impression that police aren't trained on how to deal with people in any "state of mind?" "it's no wonder there is little respect"...seriously??? It almost sounds like you're justifying the assault of a police officer.

Charles Douglas

One other thing of note, and it is the obvious. No police officer can AFFORD to have his weapon taken away from him in a fight or any other way! Granted there are procedures and things to watch for. This is why being an officer is serious business. There are qualifications and trainings that State of Texas licensed officers have to complete! Mr. Sitgreaves is absolutely correct. He talk like he knows quite a bit....lolololo I'll leave it at that.

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