Man shot and killed when ex came to pick up their child at NW Harris County apartment, deputies say

Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Child custody swap turns into shooting that killed father, police say
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A woman and her boyfriend were picking up her son from her ex's apartment when a fight between the two men ensued, and the father was shot to death, police said.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A father was shot and killed in the parking lot of his apartment complex during a custody exchange in northwest Harris County, deputies said.

The father was identified as Jansen Pullom, the Harris County Sheriff's Office has confirmed.

Pullom was meeting with his ex and her new boyfriend at about 10:20 p.m. Monday at the Azul Apartments off TC Jester. Deputies said Pullom was going to give the child back to the mother when deputies say the two men got into a fight.

That's when the new boyfriend shot Pullom and took off with his girlfriend and the baby.

"We don't know if the altercation was outside the car and the baby was outside the car or if the baby was inside the car when the actual shooting occurred," Sgt. Sidney Miller said.

By about noon, the suspect and his girlfriend turned themselves into law enforcement and were questioned. It's unclear who brought the gun and what exactly happened.

"We're looking at surveillance video to get a better idea as to what happened. We're also interviewing witnesses out here as well. This investigation is ongoing," Miller said.

The sheriff's office hasn't released any details about the mother and her new boyfriend.

A mother who lives at the complex said that after the shooting, she doesn't feel safe bringing her child back home last night.

"Our kids play here all the time. So to know there was a kid right there when it happened is kind of strange. We didn't come back last night at all," Damera Davis said.