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Houston police: Pearland officer fatally shoots suspect outside Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital

Monday, June 24, 2013

Houston police are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting Sunday night involving a Pearland police officer in southeast Houston. It happened on Astoria off Beamer near Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

Investigators say the suspect, identified as Noah Burford Silva, 26, was arrested for theft sometime Sunday. Investigators say he was trying to steal more than $1,800 worth of products from a Home Depot.

He fled to a nearby Walmart, where he led police on a foot chase through the building. Once Silva left the building through the automotive department, officers outside were able to tackle him and take him into custody.

Investigators say Silva complained of injuries and was brought to Southeast Memorial Hospital. Detectives say a Pearland police officer was stationed there to watch over him.

Apparently Sunday night, Silva attempted to leave the hospital. The Pearland police officer chased him. Officers tell us the suspect ran through the parking lot, dove into a retention pond and swam across. The officer swam after him.

"The suspect was just getting out of the retention pond when he turned back around and the officer was still in the water, which is where he felt threatened," said HPD spokesperson Jodi Silva.

The Pearland police officer fired his duty weapon, striking and killing the suspect.

According to Pearland police, Silva had a previous conviction for Evading Arrest or Detention from Dallas and also had three outstanding warrants.

Silva was charged with Evading with a Previous Conviction as well as Theft over $1,500 but less than $20,000.

The officer was not injured. He's on paid leave pending the investigation, which is protocol. We also know he's been on the Pearland police force for nearly 5 years.

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