Man found dead after shooting outside Heights home; person of interest detained for questioning, police say

HOUSTON – Houston Police SWAT officers were deployed after police said a man was found dead in front of a home in the Heights area Saturday morning.

Officers initially received a shooting-in-progress call in the 300 block of West 9th Street near Rutland at around 4 a.m.

Police said three people forced their way inside the home and fired multiple gunshots at someone inside. Another person heard the gunshots from the back side of the home and apparently fired back at the suspects.

Two of the three suspects took off, and a third one was hit.

Officers found the third suspect on the ground with a gun next to him. He was pronounced dead. Multiple shell casings were found in the front yard of the home.

HPD SWAT officers were called to investigate the perimeter of the home after police received conflicting statements from witnesses.

At some point, investigators learned the home where the man was found was owned by an older adult woman who lived next door with her three dogs, who were later escorted to safety.

Investigators said SWAT officers searched through the home after receiving permission from the owner. Drugs were found inside the home, according to police.

One person of interest was taken into custody for questioning, according to police.

HPD said on Monday that the case will be referred to a Harris County grand jury.

About the Authors:

A graduate of the University of Houston-Downtown, Ana moved to H-Town from sunny southern California in 2015. In 2020, she joined the KPRC 2 digital team as an intern. Ana is a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur, a catmom of 2, and an aquarium enthusiast. In her spare time, she's an avid video gamer and loves to travel.