Houston Medical examiners have identified Michael Wayne Jackson as the man who Houston police said was beaten and killed by an officer who was pursuing teenage suspects in an armed car robbery.
His wife of 19 years, Janice Jackson, mourns his loss.
“It’s like a nightmare,” said Jackson. “I just want it to be over.”
Janice said the two were good friends and adopted a daughter together. She said that her husband would do anything and everything possible to put a smile on their faces, even imitating animals.
I said, ‘Boy, your voice sounds just like that horse, you know, a charlatan, a charlatan. It’s really funny,” said Janice. “That’s what I’m going to miss, his sense of humor.”
The 62-year-old was a trained mechanic but was a jack of all trades. His family said he could be heard singing his wife, the Commodore’s “lady” to her. He was an avid writer who wrote poetry.
“[He would] He called me every day on his lunch break saying, “Oh, sunrise,” Jackson recalls. “He’ll make me laugh every day. I’ll say, ‘Boy, you’re something else.'”
Jackson said her husband was walking down Scott Street because he was working on his truck. She offered to drive him to a haircut on Saturday morning, but instead, he took the bus. This was the last conversation between the spouses.
“This is a tragic night,” Assistant Chief Executive Officer Larry Satterwhite said on the night of the accident.
Authorities say the whole situation started when a woman called to report her truck had been stolen after she was held at gunpoint at 3313 Tangerine Street. The officers responded moments later, but the five suspects had already escaped in the stolen car.
The police were able to quickly locate the stolen car with the help of the car dealer. When the officers stopped the stolen car, the driver got off, and the chase began.
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Additional HPD officers who heard the call attempted to provide support in pursuit, turning on their lights and sirens.
Moments later, police say an officer involved in the stalking has lost control of his unit, killing Michael on the sidewalk.
Houston police protocol shows that officers in a pursuit must “constantly assess the need to apprehend the suspect immediately versus the risk of injuring themselves, the public, or the suspect.”
“Due caution is always what we have to exercise,” said Satterwhite. “Keep in mind, these were aggravated theft suspects. That was the call. This is the information we have. It is a very dangerous and very volatile situation.”
State officers at the orders of the public administration must constantly assess the condition of the road, population density, vehicular and pedestrian traffic, among other things.
The attorney general’s office is investigating the incident and will share evidence with a grand jury that will decide whether charges should be brought against the officer.
“We have a number of CCTV cameras to look at,” Assistant District Attorney Sean Terry said. “We have to unload the car according to forensics and decide exactly what speeds we’re talking about and what different parts of the travel we’re talking about.”
The Jackson family is now planning Michael’s funeral.
“I miss him Emma. I miss him a lot,” Janice said.
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