Suspect in Houston officer shootings had 10 prior convictions

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Friday, March 3, 2017
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Earl Riley, 25, had 10 convictions prior to his death during a shootout with HPD officers.
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HOUSTON -- The burglary suspect killed during a shootout that left two Houston police officers wounded had a lengthy criminal history, according to police records.

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Earl Riley, 25, had 10 convictions, ranging from trespass to felon in possession of a weapon:

  • 2013: Felon in possession of a weapon
  • 2013: Burglary of habitation
  • 2013: Drug possession
  • 2011: Burglary of a habitation
  • 2010: Burglary of a habitation
  • 2010: Criminal mischief
  • 2010: Drug possession
  • 2010: Trespass
  • 2009: Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • 2009: Evading

Riley was shot and killed as three officers attempted to apprehend him and one other armed suspect in a string of burglaries on the 8700 block of Sterlingame on Tuesday afternoon.

According to a police report, Riley and a second suspect failed to comply with police orders. A shootout ensued, and Riley sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. Two HPD officers were also injured.

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Police continue to search for the second suspect in the shootout, who has been identified only as a black male wearing dark clothing and a blue bandana.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the suspect's arrest.

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Two officers injured in shooting.