Man charged in the death of 18-year-old after alleged verbal argument in SE Houston, police say

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022
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Investigators learned the young victim was shot outside a home minutes after being in a verbal argument with the shooter.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A man has been arrested and charged in the deadly shooting of an 18-year-old in southeast Houston, according to police.

Dione Mathis, 23, also known as Dione Brown, is charged with the murder of 18-year-old Kelvin Shaver, according to the Houston Police Department.

On June 11 at 9:55 p.m., HPD officers said they responded to a shooting at 4900 Doolittle Blvd.

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Police said Kelvin Shaver was found with multiple gunshot wounds near Guadalcanal Road.

Shaver was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, HPD said.

"There (are) too many kids getting killed for no reason," Kelvin Shaver's mother Katrina Shaver said. "How is a mother or a father supposed to process the last moments of your son's life, when he's running for his life?"

Investigators learned Kelvin Shaver was shot outside a home off of Doolittle Boulevard minutes after engaging in a verbal argument with Mathis.

According to court documents, a witness told investigators that she was at the corner store with Kelvin Shaver and friends before the shooting. She reportedly told investigators she saw Mathis exchange words with Kelvin Shaver outside.

The witness said Mathis then got into the front passenger seat in a black car driven by his father. The witness said Mathis then drove from the corner store to a house where Kelvin Shaver was sitting on the front porch.

Records state that multiple witnesses saw Mathis get out of the car, walk up to the front yard of the home, and began shooting at Kelvin Shaver as he ran away. Mathis allegedly chased him as he continued shooting, according to HPD.

Mathis turned himself into the Harris County Sheriff's Office on Aug. 25 and was taken into custody, HPD said.

Documents revealed that Mathis was in court in May with his mother on a separate criminal offense.

In his court appearance, Mathis was allegedly in a wheelchair as the mother claimed he had limited cognitive ability due to a 2021 motorcycle accident.

Investigators believe this was a false claim for Mathis to avoid criminal prosecution. So, they looked into his medical records and did not discover findings suggesting he couldn't walk, investigators said.

HPD said they do not believe there is a continuous threat to the general public. Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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