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Armed, wanted man killed by deputies in Heights area identified

HOUSTON – Members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force shot an armed man while trying to serve a warrant at a home on East 12 1/2 Street near Studewood Street, according to authorities.

Police said the multi-jurisdictional task force was trying to find 29-year-old Nowy Duron, who was wanted on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, felon in possession of a weapon, felony evading arrest and burglary.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said the person who answered their knock immediately allowed officers inside and notified them that Duron, the person they were looking for, was in the home.

“The homeowner actually told the investigators at the front door that the suspect was inside the residence and advised them that he was, more than likely, was armed,” Acevedo said.

Acevedo said Duron bolted out of the back door with a pistol in hand and immediately encountered two Harris County sheriff’s deputies assigned to the task force.

“(They) actually shot the suspect in fear for their life because he was armed, coming out with a gun,” Acevedo said.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the deputy and sergeant assigned to the task force are veterans.

“Our sergeant there, has been approximately 15 years and the deputy has been on 17 years. They run some of the most dangerous warrants we have in our community,” Gonzalez said.

Duron died at the home. Police don't believe he lived at the house. No one else was hurt.

Prior to these warrants, Harris County court records show Duron had a lengthy criminal history including charges of aggravated robbery and assault.

Attorney Jed Silverman, who owns a law practice nearby, said that home has given the neighborhood some trouble in months past.

“There's been different people that have been living there at different times, they have pit bull dogs that are routinely running loose through the neighborhood,” Silverman said.

Silverman said he tried to purchase the home a year ago, but backed out when he learned there is a dispute over ownership of the house.

“Questionable as to who actually owned the house,” Silverman said.

Harris County appraisal records show the same owner since 2002. However, that person passed away and records filed in Harris County probate court show there is a dispute among heirs as to who is entitled to ownership of the home.

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