The Houston Police Officers Union recognized Officer Zane Brumley as the December Investigator of the Month for rounding up a member of the Aryan Brotherhood who shot and wounded a postal worker and a Costco employee in two separate shooting incidents last December.
Last Dec. 28, Officer Brumley and Officer Matthew Althaus, responded to two separate shootings within a mile or so of each other, the first in the 10000 block of Cedardale, the second outside the Costco at 1150 Bunker Hill on the west side.
The first happened about 2 p.m. when a suspect shot a postal service carrier walking his route on Cedardale the complainant stated he heard multiple gunshots ring out. Unfortunately, the complainant sustained gunshot wounds to both his abdomen and back.
The complainant stated he saw a young white male with tattoos on his face driving away in a black Honda hatchback towards Bunker Hill Road. The first witness, who lives across the street, heard the gunshots, and assisted the complainant, who was bleeding out on the ground, while a second witness called 911. The complainant was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital.
The second shooting took place five minutes later. The second complainant, who works at Costco, sustained a minor graze to his face, after the same suspect attempted to shoot him in the face at point blank range.
Thankfully, the second complainant only sustained a minor scratch to his facial area and was able to provide a detailed description of the suspect, who fit the same description of the postal worker’s assailant. The suspect also was described as driving a black Honda.
Officer Brumley reviewed surveillance video of the Bunker Hill incident and observed a white male with short hair driving a black Honda. On the video, the suspect was observed calling the second complainant over towards his vehicle. As the second complainant approached the suspect and was within arm’s reach of him, the suspect began to discharge his weapon directly at the complainant’s face.
Officer Brumley observed the suspect’s weapon malfunctioned as he unsuccessfully tried to discharge the weapon numerous times at the second complainant before fleeing the scene.
As the suspect fled, he collided with the rear of a vehicle on the Katy Freeway service road, directly in front of the Costco. The driver of the rear-ended vehicle had the presence of mind to snap a photo of the suspect’s rear license plate with her cell phone camera as the suspect fled from the crash scene.
The plate traced the black Honda registration to the suspect’s ex-girlfriend. During the investigation Officer Brumley discovered that on Dec. 27 the ex-girlfriend had reported to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office that the suspect had stolen her car keys and drove off with her vehicle.
The woman informed Brumley that the suspect was typically armed with a 9mm handgun. She told HCSO dispatch that the suspect told her “that he would kill her if he knows the police are coming.”
The police came in the form of Officer Brumley.
As a result of that incident, the suspect was positively identified, and it was determined that he was a registered member of the Aryan Brotherhood.