Off-Duty Officer Involved in Shooting
An off duty officer shot and wounded a customer outside of a Denny’s restaurant on Gulf Freeway.
The incident happened when an off duty police officer and his brother were eating inside the Denny’s around 3 a.m. Thursday. The police officer’s brother got into an argument with another man which escalated to the parking lot where the man pulled out a knife.
The officer, fearing for his brother’s safety, fired several shots from his gun, injuring the man who was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital.
The officer involved has been identified as Julio Lopez and has worked for HPD for five years.