Corpus Christi cop on administrative leave after fatally shooting catalytic converter thief

Corpus Christi, TX – At approximately 6:52 am on Monday, June 28, 2021, officers were dispatched to an officer involved shooting. Upon arrival, it was determined that an officer was walking through the parking lot, observed a male under a vehicle attempting to cut off a catalytic converter. The officer engaged the subject and as he attempted to take the subject into custody, a struggle ensued.

While the officer was engaged in a struggle with the male, a second subject approached the officer and produced a handgun. The officer disengaged the first subject and subsequently engaged the second subject, the subject was shot. The subject was transported to a local hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. The initial subject fled on foot and is still outstanding at the moment. This is still an active and ongoing investigation.

One Corpus Christi Police Officer has been placed on paid administrative leave at this time, in accordance with current department practice and policy.

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