HPD: Man shoots, kills himself in front of friends during standoff with police in north Houston

HOUSTON — A suspect fatally shot himself outside a north Houston home Thursday, ending a standoff with officers, the Houston Police Department confirms.

According to HPD Chief Art Acevedo, it all began around 10:16 a.m. with a call from a woman in the 200 block of Van Molan near Fulton.

The woman reported that three men she were familiar with were sitting in a truck outside her home, and a suspicious chemical odor was coming from the vehicle.

HPD and the Houston Fire Department were dispatched to the scene, with firefighters arriving first.

Acevedo explained, when a two-man HPD unit arrived about 10 minutes later, one of the suspects sitting inside the truck immediately opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon.

One of the bullets struck the front of the officers’ patrol vehicle, and at least two bullets penetrated the inside.

The officers immediately took cover behind the vehicle, and placed a “shots fired” call requesting backup.

More officers, including SWAT negotiators, arrived to the scene in an effort to bring the suspects to a peaceful surrender.

Shortly before 10:56 a.m., a shot was heard from inside the truck.

Two of the suspects exited the truck and surrendered without further incident, but the third suspect remained inside the vehicle.

Officers found that suspect dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.  Police said he was still holding the pistol in his hands.

“As a matter of fact, one of the suspects that was on the right side of the man that died from his apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound actually has brain matter and blood all over his left side of his pants,” Acevedo detailed during a press conference shortly after the shooting.

Investigators went to the home where the original call was placed and found a younger woman — the original caller — with an older woman and an infant inside. All three were safe.

Acevedo said, thankfully, no innocent person was injured.

Acevedo added, though not confirmed, based on his experience it is possible that the strange odor initially smelled coming from the vehicle reported was due to some type of drugs.