Suspect charged in fatal shooting outside N. Harris Co. sports bar

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Saturday, July 11, 2015
Julian Villegas
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HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Capital murder charges have been filed in a fatal shooting outside a sports bar in north Harris County Friday

It all happened outside Chula's along the North Freeway and Richey Road at around 3pm. Investigators a group of men, including the victim, Anthony Johnson, and the suspect, Julian Villegas, were inside after a night of drinking.

The men all left the business together and once in the parking lot, investigators say Villegas pulled out a gun and shot Johnson multiple times. Hey then reportedly stole Johnson's 2013 Chrysler 200 and fled.

While in Johnson's car, Villegas reportedly struck another vehicle, but kept going. A witness to the accident followed Villegas and called police.

Police responded and tried to pull Villegas over, but Villegas kept going as police followed. Officers eventually called off the chase when they determined the pursuit was too dangerous to the public.

After a few minutes, Villegas was involved in a second crash in the 1300 block of Sue Barnett, where responding officers arrested him.

According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, Villegas admitted to investigators that he killed Johnson. Villegas is currently in the Harris County Jail.

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