Man kills neighbor, shoots HFD captain over noise dispute

Elementary school teacher Kelly Danaher was shot and killed by his neighbor in northeast Harris County.
May 3, 2010 7:47:51 AM PDT
Authorities say a man opened fire on noisy neighbors overnight, killing one man and wounding two people including a Houston Fire Department captain. Harris County deputies say they were called out to the home on Oak Knoll several times for noise complaints Saturday over a party. However, the noisy neighbors did not let up.

Investigators say the man who originally called deputies went to his neighbor's house with a gun and opened fire, killing homeowner Kelly Danaher. The suspect also shot and wounded two other partygoers, one of whom is an HFD captain.

Karen Dupont with HFD said Ricky Johnson, Senior Captain with HFD Station 74, "is in very serious condition. We're watching and hoping he makes it through the worst of it."

Police say the suspect was disarmed and restrained by other people at the party. He suffered non life threatening injuries, was treated at a hospital and arrested. Murder charges are pending against him, police say.

Danaher was a physical education teacher at Sorters Mill Elementary in the New Caney Independent School District. A spokesperson for the district said, "New Caney ISD is deeply saddened for the loss of a great teacher and mentor to so many children in the district. Our thoughts and prayers are with his immediate and extended school family. Clergy and grief counselors will be on hand at the school tomorrow. "
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