Corpus Christi cop on administrative leave after fatally shooting catalytic converter thief

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Corpus Christi, TX – At approximately 6:52 am on Monday, June 28, 2021, officers were dispatched to an officer involved shooting. Upon arrival, it was determined that an officer was walking through the parking lot, observed a male under a vehicle attempting to cut off a catalytic converter. The officer engaged the subject and as he attempted to take the subject into custody, a struggle ensued.

While the officer was engaged in a struggle with the male, a second subject approached the officer and produced a handgun. The officer disengaged the first subject and subsequently engaged the second subject, the subject was shot. The subject was transported to a local hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. The initial subject fled on foot and is still outstanding at the moment. This is still an active and ongoing investigation.

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One Corpus Christi Police Officer has been placed on paid administrative leave at this time, in accordance with current department practice and policy.