Suspect arrested for fatally shooting man inside downtown gas station after argument, police say

Houston law enforcement officers seen at the scene on Jan. 4, 2023. (KPRC 2, Copyright 2022 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)

HOUSTON – A suspect has been arrested and charged after shooting a man to death in downtown Houston last month.

Valerio Rodriguez, 37, has since been charged with murder. He is accused of shooting 26-year-old James Henry Durr in the stomach after an argument.

Valerio Rodriguez (Houston Police Department)

On Jan. 4, Houston police responded to a shooting at a gas station located in the 1000 block of Hogan St. just after 9:40 p.m.

Police said Rodriguez and Durr got into an argument and Rodriguez pulled out a gun and fired it inside the store, striking Durr.

Durr was transported to the hospital where he later died.

Rodriguez was arrested on Thursday and charged, according to police.

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