Father found dead after allegedly shooting wife and son in Tomball

TOMBALL, Texas (KTRK) -- A man was found dead in a Tomball neighborhood after allegedly shooting his wife and son, police say.

Officers arrived to a home on the corner of McPhail and South Walnut streets around 10 p.m. Thursday after several neighbors called 911 saying they had heard shots fired.

Harris County SWAT officers surrounded the home and discovered the father's body in the front yard.

"I don't have a father no more. He's gone," James Jacobson told Eyewitness News.

James identified his father as Jeril Jacobson. He was in his early 50s.



James arrived at the house where he grew up about an hour after police left. He said he heard about the shooting on Facebook.

"I got up at 2:50 a.m. to go to work and I saw 201 McPhail in all of the comments," he said.

James was not at the home when the shooting happened. James said his mother, father and older brother, Chris, had been fighting a lot in the past year.

"My father may have been depressed and not very social," James said. "My brother and dad, they just clashed a lot."

Police have not said what led up to the shooting.

After he was shot, Chris Jacobson, 33, ran across the street to Michael Baker's house to get help.

"When he fell into my arms, Chris said, 'I'm shot! Dad shot me! I'm not going to make it!'," Baker told Eyewitness News.

Baker said Chris was bleeding profusely from his leg and stomach. Baker cinched a leather belt around Chris's leg. Baker, a Navy veteran, knew how to use a tourniquet thanks to his 11 years as a hospital corpsman.

"I was just trying to keep him with me," Baker said. "Chris, stay with me. Chris stay with me. We are working on it. We are going to get you some help, stay with me," Baker told Chris.

Meanwhile, Baker recalls Chris' mother Kathy, who had been reportedly shot once, crouching under a pick-up parked in the street, yelling she had been shot.

Kathy was taken to the hospital by ambulance and immediately underwent surgery. She's recovering.

Chris was flown to the hospital. James says he's conscious and also recovering.

Police have not confirmed if Jeril shot himself or if he was shot by someone else.

"Whoever thinks a father is going to shoot his son?" Baker said. "This happens other places, in other communities. Not here, Not our neighbors."
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