A dog breeder’s friend was shot and killed during an encounter with three men suspected of stealing multiple dogs from a breeding kennel, Texas officials said.
Now the Harris County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help in identifying these three men who fled after the shooting.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the men are accused of stealing dogs from a kennel kennel, then contacting owners to exchange the animals for a reward. One of the owners and a friend met the three men on the evening of Tuesday, December 28 at a gas station on the 15400 block of Wallisville Road in Houston.
While at the gas station, Lt. Robert Minchew said a fight broke out.
“A bit of a rush and then the weapons are out“, he said at a press conference Tuesday evening.
Deputies called to the scene found an adult man bleeding from gunshot wounds, according to a tweet from the sheriff’s office. He was taken to hospital where he was declared dead.
Minchew said a friend of the man who was shot rushed into a Walmart, where he was arrested by lawmakers who identified him from surveillance footage. At the time, Minchew said authorities would question the man and he did not believe charges would be laid against him. It is not clear if this friend owns the dogs that were stolen.
the three suspects, all believed to be men in their twenties, were seen escaping in a matte black Chrysler 300 sedan, according to the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office did not provide any information about the dogs.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 713-274-9100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.