Houston police find father shot dead, 2-year-old deceased in backseat of SUV: ‘Hardest thing I’ve ever done’
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A shooting in Houston, Texas, resulted in the death of a man and his 2-year-old son, who was later found dead in an SUV about a mile away, according to the Houston Police Department.
” This was the hardest thing that we did,” stated Executive Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite at a press conference Tuesday evening. He was referring to his team’s finding the child who had died.
Finding dead children is “the most difficult thing we do and…the hardest thing I’ve done,” he said.
Houston Police at 5900 Elm St., where a 2-year-old was found dead in the backseat of an SUV.
Authorities were first notified of the shooting on Tuesday afternoon near the 5500 block of El Camino Del Rey and found a 38-year-old man dead at the scene.
The suspect and the victim had “some type of interaction… may have been random or could have known each other,” Satterwhite said, noting the investigation was still in the early stages.
The victim’s identity wasn’t revealed at the evening presser. The victim was wearing a security suit, but the officers did not specify what type.
The investigation took a turn for the worse after Houston police spoke with the victim’s spouse, who told officers her husband left with their 2-year-old son and that he “was going somewhere to meet with someone. “
She also provided the make and model of the SUV, which police then “quickly” found after canvassing the area. It was located about a mile away near 5900 Elm St.
A split photo of the suspect and the 5500 block of El Camino Del Rey, where Houston police found a man dead.
At the scene, the officers found the 2-year-old dead in the backseat of the SUV.
Investigators believe the suspect murdered the father, then stole his SUV, Satterwhite said. He said that the suspect then left behind the child and vacated the vehicle. The suspect’s name and whereabouts are unknown.
“Turn yourself in, turn yourself in now,” Satterwhite said during the presser, echoing a comment made earlier in the day by Commander Adrian Rodriguez.
Satterwhite noted there is video surveillance in the location and that they would soon be pushing out images of the suspect as there has not yet been an arrest.
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