HPD: Man shoots, kills brother-in-law

Author: Phillip Mena, Anchor/Reporter, pmena@kprc.com
Published On: Jul 18 2012 04:27:32 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 18 2012 11:51:26 PM CDT
HOUSTON -

A man fatally shot his 71-year-old brother-in-law at a northwest Houston home on Wednesday, investigators said.

Houston police said the shooting happened in the 5700 block of Saxon near the Northwest Freeway about 2:20 p.m.

The man police said admitted to shooting and killing his brother-in-law Wednesday afternoon has been released from police custody and for the time being, won't face any charges. Bruce Devine was briefly detained by Houston Police after he called them saying he had shot someone in self-defense.

"He threatened me," Devine said. "He was coming at me. He was going to hurt me. If he didn't kill me, he was gonna hurt me real bad."

When police arrived at the home on the 5700 block of Saxon Dr. in Northwest Houston at around 2:20 p.m., they found the 71-year-old victim inside a bedroom dead from a single 9 mm gunshot wound to the chest. 

The alleged shooter, Devine, and his wife were both inside the house at the time of the shooting police said. The victim had recently moved in with the couple.

"(The victim) had just been released from a long prison term in March and was staying with the family here,"  Houston Police Detective Bart Oxspring said.

Devine said that he has no regrets about shooting his wife's brother but he does feel bad for her.

"I'm sorry to say that my wife's relationship probably won't be the same because she loved her brother and I took his life," Devine said.

The District Attorney's Office has declined to file charges against Devine for now.  However, they add that a grand jury will now ultimately decide if Devine will face any criminal charges.