Woman kills man in Missouri City before being killed by officers, police say

MISSOURI CITY, Texas – A woman killed a man Sunday at an apartment complex in Missouri City before officers shot and killed her, police said.

The shootings were reported about 10:30 p.m. at the Quail Valley Apartments at 1800 FM Road 1092.

According to Missouri City police, the woman, identified as 39-year-old Dereshia Blackwell, got into an argument with a couple at the gate of the apartment complex before driving her car through the gate. Blackwell then tried to run down the couple, but missed and hit two parked cars, police said.

"I was just watching her, like 'Something's not right with her.' Like, I felt she was going to get in her car and chase after us. Just because she had that look in her eyes," said resident Shauna Johnson, who also noticed Blackwell outside the gate.

Police said Blackwell went into one of the apartments and killed a man, identified as 65-year-old Karl Gomez. Investigators did not immediately say how Gomez died.

When officers responded to reports of the crash, they found Blackwell with a gun and a knife in her hand, police said. She refused commands to drop the weapons, and was shot when she pointed the gun at officers, police said.

"We heard, 'Drop the gun. Drop the gun.' And then five shots and then it just went quiet after that," resident Tyla Pottley said.

Investigators said family members told them that Blackwell and Gomez were neighbors and that they are not aware of any other relationship between them.

"Karl was a very nice man and I'm shocked about Karl being involved in this. I would assume his kindness, his welcoming nature made him a victim," neighbor Josie Galbert said.

Family members said Gomez had two children and two grandchildren.

Blackwell's criminal history includes convictions for unauthorized use of a vehicle and marijuana possession in 1999. She was arrested for DWI in May.  

A relative of Blackwell’s told KPRC the family is stunned. Gary Simples said the family nicknamed Blackwell "Baby Doll" and that she was not violent.

“Baby Doll is not this type of person. This tragedy is totally unexpected. Our prayers go out to the victim. We are trying to understand what happened because this is totally unexpected,” Simples said.

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