Man arrested in shooting death from 30 years ago


Jose Alfredo Gomez, 63, is charged with murder in the 185th State District Court. He is accused in the death of Jose Rodrigo Aguiler, 37 at the time, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Police say on August 1, 1981, Aguiler answered the door to his residence at 6575 Ashcroft when Gomez visited him to apologize for an argument that had occurred earlier in the evening. According to witnesses, as the two spoke, Gomez pulled a pistol and shot Aguiler. Aguiler began to fall but was caught by his wife, who then observed Gomez running down the stairs. Police say Gomez ran back up the stairs, shot Aguiler a second time in the chest and then fled the scene.

Additional interviews with witnesses identified the suspect and charges were filed against Gomez for murder. Shortly after the murder, investigators attempted to locate and arrest Gomez, but were unsuccessful.

Recently, an investigator with the Harris County District Attorney's Office Fugitive Apprehension Section was able to locate the suspect living in Houston. Gomez was then arrested, with the assistance of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force, in the 200 block of Heaney without incident. Following his arrest, police say Gomez admitted to his role in the death of Aguiler.

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