Teen shot, killed after attempted robbery over marijuana in NE Harris County, deputies say

Investigation underway after an man was killed during an attempted robbery in northwest Harris County (KPRC)

HOUSTON – A 16-year-old was shot and killed after authorities say he attempted to rob his 17-year-old friend over a bag of marijuana in northeast Harris County.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said deputies with Precinct 3 responded to reports of a shooting in the 9000 block of Melody Park Lane in northeast Harris County.

According to HCSO, a mother reportedly told deputies with Harris County Precinct 3 that her 17-year-old son reportedly offered a ride to his 16-year-old friend at the Hidden Meadows subdivision in east Harris County.

At some point prior to meeting one another, cell phone records obtained by deputies indicated that the 16-year-old had made an arrangement to purchase marijuana from the 17-year-old after returning from his morning workout.

Later, as the ride ended at the Stonefield Terrace subdivision in east Harris County, at some point deputies said the 16-year-old apparently attempted to rob the 17-year-old by grabbing a yellow bag that possibly contained the marijuana from the front passenger seat. He then fled from his vehicle.

The 17-year-old pulled out a gun from his glove compartment and fired once at the 16-year-old, striking him, deputies said.

Deputies with Pct. 3 searched around the subdivision for over two hours before a helicopter from Texas DPS found the 16-year-old unresponsive in the backyard of a home in the 9000 block of Melody Park Lane. Paramedics were called to the scene where they pronounced him dead.

HCSO says deputies attempted to question the 17-year-old but declined. He was later charged with murder by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

It was unclear if the marijuana was recovered from the scene

Anyone with additional information, in this case, is asked to call the HCSO Homicide Unit at 713.274.9100.

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