Wife of 51-year-old man killed during road-rage shooting in Tomball pleads with suspects to turn themselves in

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TOMBALL – Deputies are investigating after a man was shot to death during a road rage incident in Tomball.

Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a shooting at 18555 Tomball Parkway on SH-249 near Spring Cypress around 3 p.m.

Deputies said a red Nissan Armada with a trailer attached pulled out of a business in front of a silver Malibu.

The occupants of the Malibu started arguing with the people in the Nissan before they began throwing objects at the Nissan.

Eventually, deputies said the people inside the Nissan started shooting, fatally striking 51-year-old Christopher Dantzler who was an occupant in the Malibu.

Dantzler was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, Michelle, said he was accompanying his two friends to a Tomball scrapyard right before the shooting.

“He had my phone. I had my watch so I was pinging him,” Michelle said. “Like he should be back by now because he’s been feeling bad, like earlier. But he went out there to help his friend because his friend called him and said they needed some help.”

Michelle said her husband was loving and would not hesitate to help others. She said Dantzler leaves behind two children, a step-daughter and his grieving mother in Mississippi, where they are from. She hopes the people responsible for his death turn themselves in.

“You took a good husband from a loving wife, from his kids, from his momma. His mama (is) still living. His grandmama (is) still living,” Michelle said.

She said they plan to bring his body back to Mississippi where he will be laid to rest.

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Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.