Former NFL player, wife shot to death by 16-year-old son, police say

HOUSTON – The 16-year-old son of Antonio Armstrong has been charged with murder in connection with a shooting that killed his father and his mother early Friday morning, according to the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

The shooting happened at a two-story home in the 5300 block of Palmetto Street, near Bellaire.

Houston police told Channel 2 that Armstrong and his wife were both shot inside their home. The wife was pronounced dead at the scene. Armstrong was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head. He later died from the injury.

Homicide investigators said there was no history of domestic violence between the couple.

Police said two of the couple’s three children were home at the time. Neither of the children were hurt. The couple's 16-year-old son was detained by police for questioning, investigators said.

"This was an outstanding family. The male of the family was an absolute hard working breadwinner," Houston police homicide Investigator Jimmy Dodson said. "He was an associate pastor in the area church. He's a great guy. The mother was apparently a great mother, according to family members. Like I said, it was kind of the all-American family."

There was no sign of forced entry into the home and no sign of a struggle in the bedroom where the couple was found, investigators said.

A motive for the shooting has not yet been released.