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Houston Police Find Father Shot, 2-Year-Old Dead In Backseat Of SUV: ‘Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done’


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A shooting in Houston, Texas, left a man and his 2-year-old son dead, who were later found dead in an SUV about a mile away, according to the Houston Police Department.

“It’s the hardest thing we’ve done,” deputy chief executive Larry Satterwhite said at a Tuesday night news conference, referring to his team that found the dead child.

Finding dead children is “the hardest thing we’ve done and… the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” he added.

Houston police at 5900 Elm St., where a 2-year-old child was found dead in the backseat of an SUV.
(Houston Police)

Authorities were first notified of the shooting Tuesday afternoon near the 5500 block of El Camino Del Rey and found a 38-year-old man dead at the scene.

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The suspect and victim had “some type of interaction … maybe random or could have known each other,” Satterwhite said, noting that the investigation was still in its early stages.

The identity of the victim was not communicated to the evening presser. Officers said the victim was wearing a security uniform but did not say what type.

The investigation escalated after Houston police spoke to the victim’s spouse, who told officers her husband had left with their 2-year-old son and was “going somewhere to meet someone.” a”.

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She also provided the make and model of the SUV, which police then “quickly” found after probing the area. It was located about a mile away near 5900 Elm St.

A shared photo of the suspect and the 5500 block of El Camino Del Rey, where Houston police found a dead man.

A shared photo of the suspect and the 5500 block of El Camino Del Rey, where Houston police found a dead man.
(Houston Police)

At the scene, officers found the 2-year-old boy dead in the backseat of the SUV.

Investigators believe the suspect murdered the father and then stole his SUV, Satterwhite said. The suspect then left him, leaving behind the child, who may have died of heat-related causes, he added.

The suspect’s name is also unknown and police do not know if he is from the city.

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“Surrender, surrender now,” Satterwhite said during the press conference, echoing a comment made earlier in the day by Commander Adrian Rodriguez.

Satterwhite noted that there was video surveillance at the scene and they would be releasing footage of the suspect soon as there have been no arrests yet.

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