(Orange, Texas)

October 18, 2012

Suspect fatally shot by Harris County deputy

Associated Press

HOUSTON — A deputy serving an aggravated assault warrant at a Houston-area home has shot and killed the suspect who hid in a closet before allegedly threatening officers.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office on Thursday identified the suspect as 37-year-old Garret Perkins.

Authorities say the suspect's girlfriend let deputies into the home Wednesday night. Perkins was located in a closet and refused to come out. Perkins appeared to have a shiny object in his hand and allegedly made a sudden move toward officers when he was shot.

Perkins died later at a hospital.

The deputy who fatally shot the suspect wasn't hurt. He's been put on paid leave.