Dealership owner killed by ex-brother-in-law after an argument in northwest Harris County, HCSO says

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Monday, July 25, 2022
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Deputies spoke to an employee who said he, the victim, and the victim's ex-brother-in-law were drinking beer on the property when an argument ensued.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- The owner of a used car dealership was shot and killed in northwest Harris County on Sunday, according to investigators.

At about 2 a.m., Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a shooting at La Divina Auto Sales in the 7800 block of Fallbrook.

Upon arrival, deputies said they found the owner of the dealership, Lucio Buruca, dead with an apparent gunshot wound.

Deputies spoke to an employee who said he, Buruca, and Buruca's ex-brother-in-law, Israel Miranda, were drinking beer on the property when an argument ensued.

The employee told investigators that he hid in the back of the office when the suspect, Miranda, shot at him.

When he came out of hiding, Miranda fled the scene in a white Ford F-350, and the employee found Buruca unresponsive with a gunshot wound, according to HCSO.

Investigators said Miranda returned to the scene and turned himself in.

Miranda was transported to the Homicide Unit, where murder and aggravated assault charges are pending against him, HCSO said.

Miranda's truck and weapon have not been recovered by law enforcement.

If anyone has any information regarding this case, they are asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 713-274-9100.