HOUSTON — A man who police say was shot and fatally shot by police was unarmed and his death has been ruled a homicide, according to authorities.
The Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Thursday that 28-year-old Michael Wojcik was shot by a Houston Police Department officer in the parking lot of a Chevron gas station on Tuesday.
The man was shot multiple times in the torso, according the Houston Police and Fire Departments, and later died at a local hospital.
He was an acquaintance of Wojcis wife.
The HPD and HFD released a statement late Thursday saying the agency is conducting a full investigation into the shooting.
They declined to release more details.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told Fox 8 News in Houston he has spoken to the family and was in touch with the Houston police chief’s office about the shooting, which happened around 1:30 a.m.
Tuesday at a Chevron station in the 500 block of South Lamar Street.
According to the statement, the man was approached by two HPD officers and told that he had been shot by an officer.
The officers then told the man that he would not be arrested, and they were trying to handcuff him.
The man refused, and a third officer arrived at the scene.
The officers then approached Wojcek, who had a knife in his waistband, Acevedos statement said.
Wojczcik tried to grab the officer’s weapon, but it was not loaded.
The Houston Police Chief said Wojcs family and the family of the man who was shot are both in shock.