A man set fire to a apartment complex early Sunday morning, killing 4 people, including a suspect.
The shooting took place around 1 a.m. on Dunlap Street in southwest Houston, close to the intersection of Bissonnet and Hillcroft.
According to police, the suspect burned down to several units at the complex in an attempt to entice residents to come out. That’s when the suspect began firing.
When the suspect began shooting, firefighters arrived first and began battling the fire. Authorities said they don’t know if the suspect fired at the HFD, but firefighters had to run for cover.
When a Houston police officer arrived and saw the suspect in the parking lot donning all black and equipped with a shotgun, he shot and killed the suspect.
According to the owner of the property, the suspect who was shot and killed by officers was recently evicted. They also stated that one of the three people killed was the on-site manager, a 65-year-old man. Two more individuals were shot and wounded, but only one of them was transported to the hospital.
Finner believes the suspect was recently evicted, which may have contributed to the shooting.
“I’ve seen things that I haven’t seen before in 32 years, and it’s happened time and time again,” Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said at the scene. “We just ask that the community come together.”
According to police, no officers or firefighters were injured in the incident.
According to department policy, the officer who gunned down the suspect will be placed on administrative leave. The shooting’s body cam footage will be published within 30 days, per department policy.