Suspect arrested in fatal apartment stabbing

August 11, 2011 8:45:16 AM PDT
A man is in custody, accused of fatally stabbing a southwest Houston apartment employee because that worker threw threw water on him.

When an officer responded to that stabbing, the suspect also reportedly tried to kill the officer.

It happened at around 2pm Wednesday at the Winfield Apartments on Forum West Drive. Police say the suspect was outside drinking when he became enraged after the victim, who was working inside one of the apartments, threw some water outside that hit him.

According to police, the suspect was armed with a 10-inch knife and cut the screen, dragged the man out and stabbed the man to death. The victim has been identified as Fushan Zhang, 71.

Neighbors who saw the entire incident called 911. When the police officer arrived, she told the suspect to stop and an HPD spokesperson describes what happened next.

"Goes to cuff him on her patrol vehicle, as she's pulling his arm back behind, he comes swinging around with his right arm, suddenly armed with a knife -- about a 10 inch French knife. As in so doing, he attempts to stab the officer," said HPD's John Cannon. "During the struggle, one round goes off. The officer then pushes back off the suspect and fires a second round. Neither round, we believe, strikes the suspect; there's no evidence indicating that."

Cannon said the suspect fled on foot, but was caught Wednesday night following a brief foot chase.

Kevin Antonio Owens, 47, is charged with capital murder and aggravated assault against a public servant.

Senior Police Officer I.J. Simpson, assigned to the Westside Patrol Division, suffered cuts and abrasions to her left elbow and was treated at the scene by HFD paramedics. She was sworn in as an HPD officer in May 1995.

Police say as is customary when an HPD officer discharges a weapon in the city limits, the case is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions.

Anyone with additional information in this incident is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600.

Just 24 hours ago at this same apartment complex, a man was found shot to death in a carport.

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