Widow distraught after husband shot to death during fender bender argument in NW Houston, police say

Friday, April 7, 2023
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It was a minor fender bender. No one was injured. But somehow, someone lost their life.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A widow is grieving after her husband was killed in a shooting that escalated from a minor car crash in northwest Houston, police said.

Christopher Pete Santos, 21, is charged with murder and made his initial appearance in probable cause court Thursday night.

Surveillance video obtained by ABC13 shows that at about 6:18 p.m. Wednesday, Santos and another couple got into a minor fender bender at the 5600 block of Antoine. The widow told ABC13 that she was driving when she hit Santos. The video shows the couple getting out and everyone speaking for several minutes.

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About five minutes after the initial fender bender, one of the people appears agitated, and the other man falls to the ground. Police say that's when Santos shot the husband.

At the scene, police found two vehicles on the road. The victim was also found dead with multiple gunshot wounds.

Santos did not run. Witnesses say he waited for police. HPD says he was detained, and the weapon he used was also recovered.

Santos' bond was set at $1 million.

Meanwhile, the victim's widow spoke with ABC13 on Thursday, hours after losing her husband, who she identified only as Francisco.

The widow, McKenzie, who chose not to give her last name, recalled through tears her husband's last moments. The emotional interview is in the video player above.