CYPRESS, Texas - Deputies in Cypress have entered the home where a murder suspect was barricaded and found him dead from an apparent self-inflicted wound.
Christopher Julian, 27, was suspected of shooting and killing his friend, 27-year-old Samuel Schmitt, in the 33000 block of Kinley Ann Court in Magnolia around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office, along with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, were searching for Julian at his father's home in Cypress Thursday afternoon around 2 p.m. when they encountered gunfire.
A SWAT standoff then ensued at that home in the 15200 block of Vincennes Oak. Several law enforcement agencies arrived to assist. Julian remained in the home for several hours and tried to start fires.
Authorities issued a shelter in place and eventually, residents were evacuated from the neighborhood.
Residents in Cypress neighborhood evacuated due to gunshots.
After several intense hours with the Crisis Negotiation Team trying to end the standoff peacefully, SWAT made entry into the home. That's when they found Julian dead from a self-inflicted wound.
Harris County Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation into the shooting and the standoff.
There have been no reports of any other injuries.