Burbank police say shooting justified

first_imgBURBANK – After a four-month review, Burbank police officials said an officer acted within department policy when he shot an armed man outside the man’s home. Officer Michael Reyes fired one shot from a shotgun at Daniel Houy , 48, wounding him in the lower back after Houy ignored orders to drop the handgun, pointed it at himself and police, and tried to go inside his house, where his wife and two daughters were, police said. “The officer fired to defend the family so we didn’t end up in a hostage situation or with one of them being harmed,” said Burbank Deputy Chief Larry Koch. Reyes was among several patrol officers who responded June 11 to Houy’s home after his wife called 911, saying he was armed and threatening to shoot her, his daughters and then himself, police said. Houy pleaded no contest to a felony charge of resisting arrest, and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years’ probation, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney’s Office is continuing its review of the shooting, she said. The 30 guns Houy owned were confiscated and he was forbidden to own any more. In an interview at his home Friday, Houy said he was to blame but that he didn’t deserve to be shot. He said the incident began when his wife snatched away his glass of liquor and began to harangue him over his drinking. He said things went fuzzy fast. “That’s when my mind went woo-hoo,” said Houy, a disabled aerospace worker. Houy said he got a gun from his safe “just to put a scare” in his wife. One of his daughters grabbed the gun out of his hand, so he got another one, went outside and was pacing in the front yard of his Lamar Street home when police arrived. He said he can’t remember what happened next, but said that when he turned to walk inside his home, he was shot. “It knocked me on the ground,” he said. “I didn’t deserve to be shot.” After being treated at the hospital, he served 28 days in jail and was released on a written promise to return to court in January to finish out his term, he said. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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