Man Who Was Evicted Set Fire To Multi-Family Home And Killed Neighbors As They Tried To Escape

Houston Fire Department

A gunman was shot and killed by a Houston police officer after allegedly setting fire to lure neighbors outside, killing three people in southwest Houston on Sunday morning, according to investigators.

At about 1 a.m., Houston Fire Department responded to a fire at 8020 Dunlap Street and found a man shooting at people. An officer shot and killed the man, who they believe was a disgruntled tenant.

HPD confirmed that the suspect died and described him as a Black man in his 40s.

Investigators said they believe the suspect set fire to prompt neighbors to come out of their homes and shoot at them.

“Our officer arrived and took action, and for that, I’m very proud of him. He’s a seven-year veteran out of the south Gessner division. And again, as usual, per policy, he’ll be put on administrative leave,” Finner said.

Houston Police Department Chief Troy Finner said three victims were taken to the hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

According to the landlord, one of the victims was the property manager of the rental complex for 33 years.

The landlord said that the property manager’s German Shepherd, “Duke,” ran away amid all the commotion.

The American Red Cross arrived to provide some relief and resources for the impacted neighbors. The landlord estimates ten units are entirely uninhabitable.

According to the landlordthe suspect has lived there since 2013 but didn’t pay rent. The landlord said the suspect got evicted and turned in his keys on Saturday.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. Houston gunman kills three people after setting fires at homes, police say – The Washington Post
  2. HPD: 4 dead including suspect after man set fire to multiple units to lure residents outside – KHOU 11
  3. Houston armed arsonist killed: Evicted tenant smokes out property manager and 2 others and shoots them to death, HPD says – KTRK-TV
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