Man Shot in his Hospital Room By a Cop After Checking Himself in for Mental Health Help

Valley Central – by Nestor Mato

A single gunshot was heard through the halls of St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston  on Thursday after an off-duty officer shot Rio Grande Valley native Alan Pean in the chest.

His brother Christian Pean told Action 4 News that the Mission family was finally able to see him – 48 hours after he was admitted into the St. Joseph Medical Center.

Alan Pean was shot in his own hospital room by an off-duty officer, after police said he had become “combative.”  

Christian Peon said his brother’s tubes have been removed and he is now able to breathe on his own.

“The bullet just missed his vital organs, coming out his back,” Christian Pean said. “I was preparing myself for the fact that I was traveling to Houston to bury my brother.”

Alan Pean, who is the son of a Mission doctor and graduated from Sharyland High School, is currently a student at the University of Houston. He was at the hospital because he was seeking help for a mental health issue.

“My brother went to the hospital as a patient and now is treated like a criminal,” said Christian Pean, who is also studying medicine.

Houston police said Pean became aggressive and combative while he was receiving care. Two officers who were working off-duty security at the medical center entered Pean’s room, where one of them said he was forced to fire.

Investigators said the two off-duty officers suffered head injuries while trying to subdue Pean. The officers used a Taser before one of them opened fire.

“I was shocked. I was outraged. I was grief-stricken,” Christian Pean said. “We have lots of questions as to why there were lethal weapons in a hospital.”

To help answer their questions, the family hired attorney Mark O’Mara. The high profile lawyer is no stranger to the national spotlight, as he represented George Zimmerman and had him acquitted in the Trayvon Martin case back in 2013.

In a statement O’Mara said:

“Alan has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, and I will be working with the family to navigate through this difficult matter. Please keep Alan and the two officers who were also injured in your prayers. There is no doubt that these were extraordinary circumstances and that Alan was experiencing a severe mental health episode at the time of the event.  In the meantime, we will be investigating how this tragedy could have occurred and how it could have been avoided.”

Pean’s family said they are still trying to grasp what happened.

“He went to the hospital where he thought he was going to get appropriate care, instead he got a bullet to the chest,” Christian Pean said.

Alan Pean is recovering in the hospital. A bond for the assault charges has been set $60,000.

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4 thoughts on “Man Shot in his Hospital Room By a Cop After Checking Himself in for Mental Health Help

  1. “Investigators said the two off-duty officers suffered head injuries while trying to subdue Pean.”

    Sounds like they had head injuries before hand…..

  2. I don’t think we’re getting the whole story here.

    “Two officers who were working off-duty security at the medical center entered Pean’s room, where one of them said he was forced to fire.”

    It says at one point that he became combative while “receiving care”, but it’s unclear regarding who else was in the room when this happened. It seems as if the witness accounts are limited to one cop covering up for the other, and if it was only them in the room, I’m going to guess that this patient needed to be silenced.

    I don’t believe that a guy who’s already in a hospital bed can’t be subdued by a Taser and two cops. They wanted him dead, but why, I don’t know.

  3. “The bullet just missed his vital organs…”

    Not for lack of trying on the part of the pig.

    “My brother went to the hospital as a patient and now is treated like a criminal,”

    Or a Palestinian, perchance?

  4. I agree with JR, they wanted to silence him. When a patient is combatant with hospital staff, they usually have sedative type drugs they can administer. The thug cops need to be tried for attempted murder and the charges against the patient should be dropped.

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