Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting

March 8, 2009 5:11:33 PM PDT
A murder led to a police chase, which ended when officers shot and killed the suspected killer. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The man's family says he was upset after he found out his wife was having an affair. It's an ending to what family members are calling a deadly love triangle.

The man is suspected of killing 47-year-old Yolanda Punch at her duplex off Donovan and Wunder in northwest Houston this morning. Police were looking for him and after a chase, the suspect stopped at a house on Charnwood in north Houston.

Hours before police bullets ended the suspect's life, family members say the fatal police shooting may have been exactly what he wanted.

"He came and said, 'It's over now. It's over'," said the suspect's niece, Yolanda Ward.

It was around 2am when police said a man shot his wife to death outside her apartment. The husband, according to relatives, had just gotten out of prison nine months prior to learn his wife had moved on.

"She was seeing somebody else, another woman," said Ward.

Police say that after the shooting, a bulletin was put out on the suspect's vehicle. Sometime Saturday morning, he was spotted in the vehicle on the 3800 block of Goodhope but the story didn't end there.

"And at that time the suspect refused to stop and led them on a pursuit described to be about the speed limit ," said HPD Spokesperson John Cannon.

Police say the suspect drove across town and eventually arrived at his sister's home, where he allegedly drove his vehicle to the back end of the driveway, ignored commands to surrender and produced a shotgun.

"He goes into the back driver's side, opens the door and reaches for the shotgun and raises it and as soon as he raises it towards the officers. That is when they fired," said Cannon.

Police believe the shotgun was the same one used to kill his wife. Relatives say that sometime after the murder and before he was shot, he made a call, making his intentions clear to his family.

"He said he wasn't going to turn himself in, that they were going to have to kill him first because he wasn't going back to prison," said Ward.

Police have identified the four officers involved in the shooting as:

  • G. Parker, 10-year veteran
  • A. Gonzalez, 10-year veteran
  • C. Garner, 15-year veteran
  • J. Cadriel, 22-year veteran
  • They are all assigned to South East patrol. They were put on a 3-day administrative desk duty and they must see a psychological services counselor before returning to their job.

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