SWAT assists after a man was found fatally shot at Heights home, police say

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- SWAT and Houston police responded to the scene where a man was found shot to death outside a home in The Heights on Saturday morning, police say.

According to authorities, police were dispatched to the 300 block of West Ninth Street around 4 a.m. in response to a shooting when they found a man shot and killed with a firearm next to him.

His identity has not been released. HPD says the man who died was in his 20s or 30s.

Police detained a man who they described as a person of interest.

When police arrived, witnesses told officers the suspect or suspects may be still inside the home, so a partial SWAT team responded.

After using a loudspeaker to try to communicate with whoever may have been inside, authorities determined no one was in the home.

They did find multiple guns and drugs inside the house.

"At this point, we don't want to assume anything. But we think that this may be drug related," said detective Kyle Heaverlo with the Houston Police Department.

A neighbor who has lived in the area for more than 50 years said, "There's always people stopping in. And staying five, 10 minutes and driving off. That tells you a lot."

As the investigation continues, HPD says they are hoping to learn more about the motive behind the shooting after speaking with the person of interest.

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