Investigation into Fatal Shooting at 5707 West Airport Boulevard
Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man at 5707 West Airport Boulevard about 6:15 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 9).
The victim, Martin Lopez, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene.
HPD Homicide Division Officers M. Barrow and J. Stroble reported:
Mr. Lopez's common-law spouse was with her sister in the bedroom of the residence at the above address when the shooting occurred.
The family members were preparing for a surprise birthday party at the residence. Lopez had legally purchased a firearm and asked his spouse to bring it to him while they were inside their bedroom. The gun was separate from the magazine, leading all persons to believe it was not loaded. While handing the gun to Lopez, it appeared the trigger was pulled and the gun discharged. Lopez was fatally struck in the head.
No charges have been filed as the investigation is continuing. Anyone with additional information is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
Investigation into Woman Shot at 8001 West Tidwell
Houston police are investigating the shooting of a woman at 8001 West Tidwell about 5:40 a.m. on Sunday (Feb. 10).
The victim, 57, sustained at least two gunshot wounds and was transported to an area hospital in stable condition.
HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Officer C. Lamont reported:
An unknown suspect knocked on the door of the victim's apartment and asked for someone the woman said she did not know. When the woman asked a family member to get a phone so she could call 911, she was struck by gunfire at least twice on her right side.
A preliminary investigation indicates an unknown suspect on the bottom steps of an apartment stairwell fired the shots into the woman's second floor apartment.
At this time, there is no known suspect or motive in the shooting.
Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division at 713-308-8800 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
Investigation into Woman Found Dead at 12830 Susanna Lane
Houston police are awaiting autopsy results in the death of a woman found at 12830 Susanna Lane about 8:15 a.m. last Friday (Feb. 8).
The identity of the victim, 66, and her cause of death are pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant S. Murdock and Officer J. Young reported:
Officers were dispatched to a welfare check call at the residence at the above address. When they arrived, officers found the female victim unresponsive in the backyard of her residence. She had multiple dog bites on her arms, hands and face. Houston Fire Department paramedics arrived on scene and pronounced the woman deceased.
Witnesses stated the woman was not seen at her dog training classes for two days. Detectives located two full grown Doberman Pinchers inside her residence.
The investigation is continuing, pending results of the autopsy.
Suspect Charged, Wanted in Shooting Incident at 6419 Wilshire Lakes
Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in the shooting of a man at 6419 Wilshire Lakes about 8:50 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 9).
The suspect, Dietrich Thomas (b/m, 22), is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 185th State District Court for his role in the shooting of Johnathan Carter, 30.
A 2018 booking photo of suspect Thomas is attached to this news release. He is not in custody.
HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Officers G. Black and C. Bowling reported:
Officers responded to a shooting call at the above address and found Mr. Carter lying on the ground. He had sustained multiple gunshot wounds.
Witnesses stated Carter was attending a family gathering with his child’s mother when Thomas arrived and pulled a handgun. Thomas began shooting at Carter and chased him down the street as he was firing the weapon. Carter was struck in the right arm and right knee. After the shooting, Thomas left the scene in a white Dodge Charger. Paramedics transported Carter to an area hospital where he underwent surgery.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of suspect Dietrich Thomas is urged to contact the HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division at 713-308-880 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.