The man pulled out a heavy metal rod used in automotive repair work known as a “pickle fork” because of its resemblance to the smaller dining utensil. Acevado said it was clear the man intended to use it as a weapon against Johnson, who was in full Houston police uniform.
“It can lead to serious bodily injury or death,” Acevado said.
HPD officials said Johnson fired “more than once” at the burglary suspect.
Acevado warned against using a dangerous weapon on a police officer in uniform. “You can almost be assured you're going to get shot,” he said.