BAYTOWN, Texas (FOX 26) - As many residents in a Baytown neighborhood were settling in for dinner on a Sunday night, someone was murdered on the front lawn of a home on Mississippi Street with police just feet away. The suspect in the deadly shooting was the estranged husband of the victim, police tell FOX 26 News.
What started as a response to a reported burglary in progress ended with the shooting death of a woman and an officer forced to fire his weapon at that woman's estranged husband.
Police arrived at around 6 p.m. Sunday to find a man chasing his wife outside of a house while firing a weapon at her. That woman would later die. An officer exited his police vehicle and fired a shotgun toward the man, wounding him. That man was taken to a hospital.
Baytown police can be seen placing handcuffs on the suspect and taking him into custody. The estranged husband had come to the woman's home and told her to leave with him, according to Baytown police. The woman's children, one who is 16 years old and another who is 20 years old, were home when the shooting was reported and contacted police.
"As they were walking out the door, our officers were pulling up to the scene and at the same time, the estranged husband had a handgun," explains Baytown Police Department Detective Steve Dorris. "He fired at the victim striking her, obviously the officers witnessing this discharge their firearms at least one time at the suspect."
Police now confirm that that the estranged husband, the accused shooter in this case was a registered sex offender.