Alvin police shoot, kill man holding gun to ex-girlfriend’s head

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on August 14, 2012 at 5:25 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 14 at 10:08 AM

ALVIN, Texas – Police in Alvin shot and killed a man accused of holding his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint for several hours overnight Monday.

It all started shortly before 10 p.m. when officers responded to the sound of gunshots at the Newport Oaks apartment complex in the 800 block of E. South, according to the Alvin Police Department.

When officers arrived, they found a male victim with two superficial gunshot wounds and rushed him to the hospital.

The alleged shooter was located in a nearby truck with his ex-girlfriend, where he held a gun to her head for the next five hours, police said.

A SWAT team was called in, and police made the decision to take out the 47-year-old suspect.

"He had the gun to her head, but he made a movement like he was going to shoot her," said Police Chief Mike Merkel. "The officers had to take a shot, and they had to take a shot only at a time that they knew they wouldn't accidentally take her life or injure her."

After officers shot the man, the 40-year-old woman was sent to the hospital to be checked out.  Investigators said she's expected to make a full recovery.

Police later identified the wounded male as the woman’s new boyfriend. They said the shooter had just lost his job and was upset over his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend.

Police said the suspect's first name was Stephen but did not release a last name.

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