By Calvin Palmer
An argument between a man and his nephew turned deadly when the 40-year-old nephew returned to a house in southeast Houston wielding the handle from a hydraulic jack.
His uncle, 50, saw him and went inside the house to get his .38-caliber revolver. At the front door, he told his nephew to leave but he refused and approached his uncle.
When the nephew was about eight feet away, the uncle shot him once in the chest.
He called 911 after the shooting and apparently told the call-taker that he “had to shoot” his nephew.
The wounded man was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital, where he later died.
The man has not been arrested and the case likely will go to a grand jury without charges, said Richard Martinez, a Houston Police Department homicide investigator.
“It’s basically a deal of self-defense,” Martinez said.
Martinez said the man, whose name has not been released, told his nephew to leave the house after they argued about a trivial issue.
The nephew, whose name also has not been released, said he would come back to kill him. His family at the house said he had been drinking alcohol.
The shooting happened about 2:00 a.m. at a home in the 6000 block of Doulton Drive, a neighborhood of well-kept homes and neatly trimmed lawns.
A 14-year-old boy, the nephew’s cousin, saw the shooting.
[Based on a report by the Houston Chronicle.]