A military recruiter in Texas shot and killed his wife while she was being questioned by Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigators regarding abuse allegations she recently raised against her husband, police said.
Violence Thursday inside a home in the Balmoral community in Atascocita around 1:30 p.m., according to the Houston Chronicle. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the victim was speaking with two NCIS officers when the suspect entered and opened fire.
One of the NCIS agents was shot and remained hospitalized in fair condition Thursday evening. Harris said the second officer escaped the incident unscathed.
The woman, who was holding her child in her arms at the time of the shooting, was also beaten and pronounced dead at the scene.
Gonzalez told KHOU that first responders discovered the unscathed child still in his mother’s arms when they arrived at the residence.
The suspect fled the scene of the shooting in a dark-colored sedan, but authorities managed to locate him on Mist Lane around 5 p.m. It was then that he got out of the vehicle, gun in hand, and again opened fire on the police.
He was killed in the ensuing shootout, according to Gonzalez. Authorities believe he was trying to reach his mother’s house before his fatal confrontation with authorities.
No one involved has been identified. An investigation into the matter is ongoing.