Given national news of late, and mass shootings in Las Vegas and, more recently, at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the scene at a Heights restaurant last weekend brought the concerns closer to home.
Per an alert from the Precinct One Constable’s office, HPD officers — along with Precinct One deputies in the immediate area — responded to a call to Christian’s Tailgate Bar & Grill at 2820 White Oak Dr. shortly after 4 p.m. Nov. 9, where the reportee said a man walked into the business stating he was going to shoot everyone and then fled the scene on foot.
According to the Houston Police Department, the suspect, now identified as Cody Kemp, 28, allegedly had some sort of a dating relationship with an employee at the restaurant and bar. She allegedly contacted the suspect to break it off, and he responded by sending her a threatening text message according to authorities.
Upon seeing him on location, police say the employee called them fearing for her safety and that of the patrons. By the time officers arrived on scene, the suspect had already left the premises, but was spotted across the street at 2802 White Oak Dr., sitting outside.
The moment authorities approached and attempted to speak to him, the suspect allegedly took off on foot, leading HPD officers and Precinct One Constable’s deputies in a brief foot pursuit, refusing to comply with officers’ demands to stop. Officers briefly lost sight of the suspect, which then initiated a perimeter setup from additional backup, but eventually located him a short time later near the Camden Heights Apartments in the 400 block of Oxford Street, where he was taken into custody with the assistance of Precinct One deputies and a K-9 officer. No weapon was found on his person when arrested.
Kemp has since been charged with evading arrest, a misdemeanor, in connection with the incident according to the Houston Police Department.