Police: Man fatally shot after choking roommate's dog

Police: Man fatally shot after choking roommate's dog

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According to the Houston Police Department, it was around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday when officers were called to a unit at the Cherry Creek Apartments on Hollister at Tidwell.

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by KHOU.com staff (KMOV sister station)

KMOV.com

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 1:21 PM

HOUSTON –- Police said a late night scuffle that turned into a deadly shooting may be a case of self-defense.

Officers were called to a unit at the Cherry Creek Apartments on Hollister at Tidwell around 11:15 p.m.

They found a man in his early 20s with a gunshot wound to his chest. He was sent to the hospital where he later died.

A subsequent investigation revealed the shooter was the apartment’s renter. Police said the renter was allowing the shooting victim to stay with him temporarily.

A scuffle ensued when the victim allegedly tried to choke the renter’s dog, according to the Houston Police Department.

When the renter intervened, the man attacked him and a fight broke out. Fearing for his safety, the renter said he retrieved his gun and shot the man.

Homicide detectives were looking at the shooting as a possible case of self-defense. The shooter was questioned and released.

The case will be turned over to the district attorney to determine if charges are filed.

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