4 dead, including suspect, after man sets fire to several homes, police say – NEWS
4 dead, including suspect, after man sets fire to several homes, police say – NEWS

4 dead, including suspect, after man sets fire to several homes, police say – NEWS

Police said the suspect set fire to several homes and waited for the residents to come outside before opening fire.

HOUSTON – Four people are dead, including an arson suspect, after an officer-involved shooting, according to the Houston Police Department.

The shooting happened around 1 a.m. on Dunlap Street near the intersection of Bissonnet and Hillcroft in southwest Houston.

Police said the suspect set several homes on fire and waited for those inside to come out when he opened fire.

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Firefighters were the first to arrive at the scene and began extinguishing the fire when the suspect started shooting. Police said they did not know if the suspect was shooting at the HFD, but that firefighters had to take cover.

An HPD officer arrived and saw the suspect in the parking lot dressed in black and armed with a shotgun, when the officer shot and killed the suspect.

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Two other victims died at the scene of the attack. A third victim was taken to hospital, where he later died. Two other victims were shot and wounded, but only one was taken to hospital.

“I saw things that I haven’t seen before in 32 years, and they happen from time to time,” Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said at the scene. “We’re just asking for the community to come together.”

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Finner said the suspect may have recently been evicted, which may have led to the shooting.

No officers or firefighters were injured in the incident, according to police.

The officer who shot and killed the suspect will be placed on administrative leave, per department policy. Bodycam footage of the shooting will be released within 30 days, which is also department policy.