Fatal shooting over gambling debt referred to grand jury

January 18, 2011 8:21:26 AM PST
The fatal shooting of a robbery suspect trying to retrieve an alleged gambling debt in southwest Houston will be referred to a Harris County grand jury. Police say the suspect, angry from a gambling loss from a pool game several days earlier, went to the victim's residence at 6300 Heatherbloom about 12:10am on January 15. The suspect beat on the front door, and rang the doorbell several times. The victim got out of bed, retrieved a pistol and went to the door. As he opened the door, he recognized the suspect as a long-time acquaintance and stepped out to talk to him. T

The suspect demanded his money again, referring to the pool game. When the victim refused, the suspect pulled out a pistol and pointed it at the victim and demanded his money. The victim produced his pistol and fired several times, striking the suspect. The suspect then collapsed in the front yard.

The deceased male suspect, 34, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

The male shooter, 27, was not injured in this incident.

No charges have been filed at this time.