HPD: RUSSIAN NATIONAL SHOOTS POLICE OFFICER THEN TAKES HIS OWN LIFE!

FRIENDS OF SUSPECT SAYS HE WAS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS!

Houston police say a young Russian national shot himself to death after shooting an officer while handcuffed.

FOX 26 News has learned from the Houston Police Department that Eric Titov shot and killed himself after shooting Officer Victor Hill.

Hill, who has served fourteen years in the HPD, was in the intensive care unit at Memorial Hermann Hospital Sunday after getting shot by Titov who hid a pistol in his waistband, officials said.

Hill was shot late Saturday night shortly after arresting Titov.

The Russian national was suspected of burglarizing cars in the Reserve Near Barker Cypress apartment complex. Hill handcuffed 22-year-old Titov behind his back, as per department policy, officials said.

That’s when Titov “produced a pistol from his back waistband and fired upward,” HPD spokeswoman Johanna Abad said for a story posted online by a Houston newspaper.

The shooting touched off a manhunt involving police helicopters and canine units, Abad said. The suspect had remained at large much of Sunday afternoon until the body of Titov was found in a nearby wooded area at approximately 1 p.m.

Friends of Titov told HPD officers that Titov was under the influence of drugs when the shootings took place.

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