KATY (Covering Katy News) – A woman was shot to death at an apartment complex at 21101 Kingsland Boulevard at 4:35 a.m. Monday, and the alleged gunman, her estranged husband, then went to his apartment on 2425 Katy Flewellen Road and shot himself in the head.
The husband and wife have not yet been identified. The husband was taken by air medical transport to be treated for his head wound after deputies spent several hours attempting to contact him prior to using a ram to break through the door of his apartment.
The wife was shot in Harris County. According to Harris County Deputy Thomas Gilliland, she was leaving her apartment with her boyfriend when her estranged husband arrived at about 4:35 Monday morning, saw the two and pulled out a handgun.
“The husband removed a gun and shot her one to three times,” Gilliland told Covering Katy News. “The boyfriend was unharmed and called for help.”
The estranged husband went back to his apartment in Fort Bend County and shot himself. It was hours before deputies felt it was safe to go inside and check on the suspect’s condition. They attempted to contact him but there was no response. Given that children were going to school and adults were leaving for work, the SWAT team waited until there was less activity on the property to approach the apartment. They did not want to risk provoking gunfire during a busy time of the day on the property. By late morning the SWAT team broke through the front door of the apartment.
“We made the decision to deploy gas canisters inside the apartment to see if we could make contact with the individual,” said Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls, who was on the scene. “We did not receive a response so we had deputies enter the apartment, and we found a male inside that appears to have a gunshot wound to the head,” he added.
The man was found on the floor near the door to the apartment. He was still breathing so he was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Houston. The suspect is thought to be in his late 40s.
“There appeared to be some domestic issues over the past 12 days,” Nehls said. “She had visited our Katy annex and he did as well,” the Sheriff added.
Both the husband and wife visited the Sheriff’s Katy annex individually according to Nehls.
The couple has at least one child. Nehls confirmed that they have a two-years-old, but one or both may have other children as well. The number of children in the family was not clear at the time this story was published.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation with the assistance of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.
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