Man killed in gun battle with authorities matches description of suspect in death of Spring ISD educator

HOUSTON – A man who was killed during a shootout with authorities Wednesday is believed to be the gunman involved in the death of a Spring Independent School District educator, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting happened at around 1:45 p.m. after authorities located the suspect in the 2600 block of Calumet Street, in southeast Houston.

According to Larry Satterwhite, executive assistant chief with HPD, the sheriff’s office along with Texas DPS were investigating the capital murder of a woman that happened on Sept. 9.

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Satterwhite said they received information that the suspect in the case was in the area and were doing surveillance looking for him.

Investigators said the suspect arrived at the address in a white Jeep, which matched the description of the gunman’s vehicle. The suspect reportedly got out of the Jeep and walked into a park and sat on a slide.

Investigators said they formulated a plan to take the suspect into custody.

When they tried to take the suspect into custody, Satterwhite said he began to run, pulled out a gun and fired multiple rounds at the officers. The officers returned fire, striking the suspect.

“This was a moving gun battle, very dangerous as the suspect was firing back at the officers and they were trying to get him to stop, get him in custody.”

The suspect collapsed after running up a hill down near the park and behind a house and died, according to Satterwhite.

Officials said two DPS troopers and three Harris County deputies were involved in the shooting. No injuries were reported to law enforcement.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the man matched the description of Dimitri Humphrey.

Humphrey was wanted in the death of Shantavia Reddick, 26, who was an educator at Spring ISD.

Authorities said she was trying to help a friend out of an abusive relationship when she was fatally shot by Humphrey.

“They recognized him as being that alleged suspect so, but obviously the confirmation will have to come from the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences,” Gonzalez said.

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