Man accused of shooting ex-girlfriend, killing her friend arrested after shootout with police in Mississippi, HCSO says

Deputies say suspect was already wanted for aggravated robbery, other felony warrants

Here's what we know

HOUSTON – The man accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend and killing her friend in north Harris County has been arrested after a shootout with police in Mississippi.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said Kentrell Brumfield was arrested Thursday at 9 a.m. after a chase and shootout with officers. Brumfield was booked into the Lincoln County Jail in Mississippi but will be extradited back to Harris County once he is released from local charges stemming from the arrest.

WHAT HAPPENED

On Wednesday, deputies were called to an apartment complex located at 200 Hollow Tree Ln. around 10 p.m. for reports of a shooting. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found two women, who were identified by HCSO as Brittani Simmons and Lioneicia Malveaux, that had been shot. Deputies said the women were transported to the hospital, where Simmons was pronounced dead. Malveaux is reportedly in critical condition, HCSO said.

According to investigators, Malveaux’s ex-boyfriend, Brumfield, was identified as the shooter. Deputies said Brumfield forced his way inside the apartment and shot Malveaux, who lived there. He also shot Simmons, who was just visiting and having dinner with Malveaux at the time of the shooting, HCSO said.

Investigators said the suspect lived with Simmons on and off prior to the incident. They don’t believe he was living there when the shootings happened.

Deputies said Brumfield recently split up from Malveaux and came back to the location before forcing his way in and assaulting the women. Recent incidents of family violence that deputies said have been reported at the location lead them to believe this was an ongoing domestic incident.

Brumfield is currently charged with murder and aggravated assault in reference to this case. According to investigators, he was already wanted for unrelated felony warrants, including aggravated robbery.

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