HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — The Harris County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the man involved in an altercation with an off-duty officer and her husband Sunday night has died in the hospital.
The deceased has been identified as Johnny Hernandez, 24.
The officer’s husband was with the couple’s children when he drove up to a Denny’s restaurant in the 17700 block of Crosby Freeway around 11:40 p.m. Once inside the parking lot, investigators said the father saw Hernandez urinating in public view and went to confront him.
Deputies said he verbally confronted Hernandez about his behavior and then argument escalated to a physical altercation. Moments later, the off-duty officer arrived in a separate vehicle to meet with family.
The off-duty officer called for backup from the sheriff’s office and emergency medical services. She then helped her husband restrain Hernandez.
When the officer realized Hernandez had stopped resisting, she and her husband stopped restraining him and then noticed that he was not breathing.
She immediately began CPR and continued until paramedics arrived.
Hernandez was taken to Lyndon B. Johnson hospital for treatment where he died Wednesday night.
The incident is currently under investigation.