Just after midnight on Sunday, the Houston Police Department and the Houston Fire Department responded to reports of a shooting in the 6300 block of Richmond Avenue.
Arriving units located a man with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Police said the victim’s common law spouse told officers that she shot the man because she feared for her safety and that of her 2-year-old son.
Investigators are talking to the woman to determine exactly what happened leading up to the shooting. Both the boy, and the family dog were transferred to the care of relatives.
An investigation into the shooting is ongoing.