PRESS RELEASE: Houston police are investigating an incident in which an armed suspect was fatally shot by HPD officers at 6700 Cullen Boulevard at about 12:40 a.m. on Saturday (July 9).

The suspect, Alva Burnett Braziel, (b/m, 38) was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers L. Lopez and E. Macias, who discharged their duty weapons, were not injured in this incident. Officers Lopez and Macias were sworn in as officers in May 2003 and June 2006, respectively. Both are assigned to the Gang Division.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant A. Turner and Officer J. Nguyen reported:

Officers Lopez and Macias were on patrol near the above address in a two-man Crime Reduction Unit and came upon suspect Braziel standing in the intersection of Cullen Boulevard and Ward Street in moving lanes of traffic. As the officers drove northbound on Cullen, they saw Braziel initially waving his hands in the air and then pointing a pistol in his right hand directly at the officers. The officers stopped abruptly, took cover behind the open doors of their marked patrol vehicle, and gave verbal commands to Braziel to lay his weapon on the ground. Braziel ignored repeated commands and instead raised his arms up, pointed the pistol upward and moved into different aggressive stances, as if getting ready for a fight. Braziel then lowered his weapon and again pointed it directly at Officers Lopez and Macias. Fearing for their lives, Officers Lopez and Macias discharged their duty weapons. Braziel was struck and pronounced dead at the scene.

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 as well as the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.


  1. Alethia williams July 11, 2016 1:26 pm 

    The camera clearly shows him putting his hands up and turning around. Then he’s on the ground read

  2. C. Taulton July 11, 2016 2:27 pm 

    Anybody can tell his hands were in the air and he turned around. God knows exactly what happened during that overkill. Lies always travel faster than the truth. Gods sees all and knows all. Rest peacefully ALVA BRAZIEL.

  3. Oodles July 11, 2016 2:52 pm 

    Funny how the video doesn’t show him put his arms down after he raised them…. Theubshot him with his arms in the air.

  4. Anonymous July 11, 2016 4:32 pm 

    I can’t believe they are actually sticking to this story after we clearly saw what happened

  5. Anonymous July 11, 2016 4:53 pm 

    As u look at the video they connected at right when he crosses the street , they shine the lights on him he throws his hands up , ok he most likely because those bright lights but it’s clear his hands were up, and if they ordered him to dropped whatever he may have in his hands while they are up , he didn’t move fast enough for them because they immediately started shooting over kill

  6. Anonymous July 11, 2016 6:54 pm 

    Gone on with this bs made up ass story, y’all ain’t blind, the man had his hands up, did a whole 360 while his hands were still up, where in this video did u see him lower his hands to point a gun…

    Hands up
    Don’t fucking shoot

  7. Anonymous July 11, 2016 7:06 pm 

    And he wasn’t just standing in the streets he was actually come up Ward St put both hands to show he has nothing

  8. Shaniqua Hudson July 11, 2016 7:23 pm 

    I seen the video that man did not have a gun in his hands. He had his hands up in the air the whole damn time. He even turned all the way around in a 360 and they still shot him dead.. That’s not right… Justice needs to be served and the officers needs to lose there jobs for this type of police brutality.

  9. Kay July 11, 2016 8:54 pm 

    Its sad that they want to say all these lues and the video clearly shows they killed him for nothing

  10. Kay July 11, 2016 8:58 pm 

    The lie’s they keep telling yes the video clearly shows his hands up sad then yes they we’re white laws #hands #up #don’t #shoot

  11. A Finished Woman July 11, 2016 9:24 pm 

    I’m for what’s right….spool didn’t no one see the gun he fired in the air twice???? Y’all didn’t see dat?? #ALLLIVESMATTER #HANDSUPDONTSHOOT….. EVERY BLACKMAN AINT SUSPECT…. AND EVERY LAW AINT BAD!!!!!!

  12. Anonymous July 12, 2016 1:59 am 

    Them fukin laws killed my homie rip cuz.

  13. Anonymous July 12, 2016 6:02 am 

    Praying Law Enforcement will do the right thing. The camera and witness cannot all be lying. Please do the God fearing right thing.

  14. Annonymous July 12, 2016 11:27 am 

    – No real Immediate) family (has made a statement
    – All full length interviews are posted on Facebook by film production crews.
    – Avla is not married to the woman who says she is his wife.
    – Still no cops names that did the shooting
    – Still no report of what gun was found
    – Still no record of what hospital he was taken to
    – Still no record of funeral home
    – Still no death certificate (although he been pronounced allegedly dead 3 days)

    Reminds me of The Dallas Police Shooting, Sandy Hook, Boston Bomber, Shooting In The Orlando Club, 9/11 and all the other entertaining movies America has been putting together to encourage black people to war with the government and or white people.

  15. Anonymous July 12, 2016 11:38 am 

    If this was a “clean shoot” as the mayor first stated- why is he referring it to the DOJ for an investigation?! How do they shoot this man like this, but days later they have a 5hr stand off with a guy (white) who in no doubt shot multiple rounds at then with a rifle & clicks one of them with a golf club.?! For me it’s about the lack of accountability that the police face. If we shot 2 each other there is swift punishment & if they do it…..they get paid leave off.

  16. Anonymous July 12, 2016 12:05 pm 

    He should have just put the gun down..

  17. Anonymous July 13, 2016 10:52 am 

    So it was ok to shoot him that many times!?

  18. Christal July 15, 2016 10:00 pm 

    Yes he had a gun in his hands
    Yes he was clearly shooting up in the air
    Yes my homeboy turned around when he was was alive and saw a police car pull up jumped out and started shooting him down in the middle of the street like they lied calming they was in fear of they lives clearly a lie and justice should be served I think they should receive life in jail ..rip Groucho

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