Suspect believed to be involved in friend’s death in N. Harris Co. apparently commits suicide during police chase in Alabama, HCSO says

HOUSTON – Authorities say the suspect who they believe was involved in a man’s death Friday reportedly shot and killed himself as police were attempting to pull him over Saturday.

According to deputies, the victim, who has since been identified as Saymo Pieternelle, was found dead with an apparent gunshot wound in a parking lot outside a north Harris County apartment complex Friday morning.

It happened at Cambria Cove Apartments in the 16300 block of Ella Boulevard near Cypress Creek Parkway.

At around 8:30 a.m., deputies said witnesses flagged down an on-duty Spring ISD police officer after they found the man, believed to be between 25 and 30 years old, lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the face.

A friend of Pieternelle, Francisco Gonzalez, was identified as the suspect. Authorities say an arrest warrant was issued and Gonzalez’s car was spotted by the Trussville Alabama Police Department.

When TAPD officers attempted to make an arrest, Gonzalez led them on a short pursuit before he apparently shot and killed himself.

Authorities say they will continue to look for other suspects or a motive that led to the killing of Pieternelle, but as of now, no other suspects have been identified.

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