Ex-Harris County Pct. 4 deputy accused of fatally shooting motorcyclist who told friends he was being followed

SPRING, Texas – Charges have been filed against a former Harris County Precinct 4 deputy who investigators said shot and killed a man who told friends he was being followed shortly after dining with them at a restaurant in Spring.

On Friday, Aaron Grant, 36, was charged with murder in the shooting death of Jesse Metzger, 31. He is being held in Harris County jail on a $200,000 bond.

According to Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman’s Office, on Jan. 27, deputies were flagged down near a Home Depot located in the 20000 block of North Freeway around 12:30 a.m.

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Investigators initially believed there was a crash involving a motorcycle, but when paramedics arrived, they discovered the motorcyclist, Metzger, had been shot in the upper torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to investigators, Metzger had just finished dining with friends at a nearby restaurant. His friends said, shortly after they parted ways, Metzger called them saying he was being followed by someone in a white Jeep Cherokee.

He then told his friends that he had been shot, and his phone disconnected.

The concerned friends immediately went to search for Metzger, and found him lying in the Home Depot parking lot, deputies said.

Further investigation led to the identification of Grant as the suspect in the case. He was arrested by members of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division without incident and booked into the Harris County Jail.

According to Constable Mark Herman, Grant resigned from the department in 2020 and was also in the military.

The cause of the shooting remains under investigation.