Incident at 3800 Hickok

Charges have been filed against two suspects arrested in the attempted robbery of an off-duty Houston police officer at 3800 Hickok about 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday (December 29).  

The suspects, Joshua Jones (b/m, 23) and Fredrick Hawthorne (b/m, 17), are charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in the 180th State District Court.  

A photo of suspect Hawthorne is attached to this news release.  A photo of suspect Jones is not available for release at this time.  

Officer C. Curry, who discharged his duty weapon, was not injured in the incident.  Officer Curry was sworn in as an officer in April 2014 and is assigned to the North Patrol Division.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M A. Holbrook and Officer K. McDonald reported:  

Officer Curry, who was off-duty and in plain clothes, was in his personal vehicle the 3800 block of Hickok when he was approached by Jones and Hawthorne.  Hawthorne approached the driver’s side of the vehicle while Jones approached the passenger side and pulled out a handgun.  Jones then demanded everything in Officer Curry’s truck and threatened to kill him.  Jones then pulled the trigger but the weapon malfunctioned.  Fearing for his life, Officer Curry quickly exited his vehicle and drew his duty weapon.  Both men then exchanged gunfire.  Hawthorne and Jones then fled the scene on foot.  

Further investigation determined Jones sustained several gunshot wounds and was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital in an unknown condition.  Hawthorne was taken into custody in the 5000 block of Sunflower.  Both suspects admitted to investigtors their roles in the incident and were subsequently charged.  

As is customary in HPD officer-involved shooting incidents inside the city limits, this case is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions, a