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Houston police shoots to death a man who was ‘standing on the road with a revolver and pointed the gun at them’

Alva Braziel

Houston police shot and killed a man after he pointed a gun at them, authorities said.

Two officers saw a man standing in the road on the city’s south side around 12:40am Saturday, according to the police department.

They asked him to put down the gun, but he pointed it in the air instead before aiming it at the officers, police said.

The officers fired numerous times, fatally hitting the man. A woman told ABC 13 he was her husband and identified him as Alva Braziel.

Witness Eric Puckett confirmed to the network the man was a black male. The races of the two officers remained unknown as of Saturday morning.

The two officers have each spent 10 and 13 years in the force according to ABC 13. They were wearing body cams at the time of the shooting, the department said.

Internal affairs and Harris County will investigate the shooting.

It came one day after a gunman shot 12 officers and two civilians in Dallas, killing five of the city’s officers.

He acted during a Black Lives Matter rally, which itself was held in protest against the shooting death of two black men at the end of police in Minnesota and Louisiana.

Alton Sterling, 37, was killed following a confrontation outside a Baton Rouge convenience store early Tuesday morning.

Philando Castile, 32, was shot dead by a cop during a traffic stop in Minnesota Wednesday.

Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

Five officers died during the rampage the following day. Dallas police officers Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens, Michael J Smith and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) police officer Brent Thompson were all killed in the downtown area of the city.

From left, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa

From left, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa

Two Houston police officers shot and killed a man on the city’s south side early on Saturday. They say he was standing in the road with a revolver and that he pointed the gun at them

Thursday’s shooting rampage came after the shooting deaths of Sterling and Castile. Pictured, protesters march against the two killings Friday in Detroit

Meanwhile, protesters and police officers came face to face as people marched against Sterling’s and Castile’s deaths in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Friday

Protesters were sprayed with tear gas as they rallied in Phoenix against Castile’s and Sterling’s deaths Friday night. One of them is pictured questioning police dressed in riot gear


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