Police: Suspect arrested in fatal shooting that followed failed drug deal

HOUSTON – A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a man and wounding of a 19-year-old woman in early August in north Houston.

It happened at 1600 North Interstate Highway 610 West at about 11:20 p.m. on August 8.

Justin Cruz Chavez is accused in the killing of Jawanza Rooker, 20, of Houston, who died at the scene. The wounded woman was transported to a hospital and later released.

Houston police investigators said Rooker and the woman attempted to drive away from the above location following a failed drug deal. At that time, unknown suspects followed them and fired several shots at their vehicle. Rooker, the driver, lost control of the vehicle and drove off the road into a median.

Chavez was identified as the suspect in the case based on witness statements and further investigation, police said.

He was taken into custody on Thursday without incident.


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