HPD: Rifle-toting woman shoots, kills man outside gas station in SE Houston

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by Rucks Russell / KHOU 11 News & Tiffany Craig / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on July 22, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 22 at 10:18 PM

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HOUSTON -- Homicide investigators with HPD said a woman who shot and killed a man in a gas station parking lot may have feared for her life.

The confrontation occurred Sunday evening at the Gulf station located on Cullen Boulevard near Yellowstone in southeast Houston.

Surveillance video shows the shooter, described as a 23-year-old woman, retrieving a rifle from the trunk of her car and pointing it toward the ground near a man armed with an umbrella and a pocket knife.

Then it shows the man swinging at the woman as she steps back and fires the weapon.

Family members identified the victim as 58-year-old Louis Daniel.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to police, the shooter claimed the man had made unwanted sexual advances and refused to leave her alone. She also told police she feared for her life.

According to witnesses, the victim was acting strangely.

“He had an expression like he was just mad at the world,” said Jon Thomas who was in the parking lot at the time of the gunfire.

“She just had the gun pointed down to the ground and said get back. I guess he didn’t expect or like that.”

According to family members, Daniel had just left his brother’s car wash and walked over to the gas station where the confrontation took place.

“He didn’t seem like anything was wrong with him,” said Daryl Daniel, who admitted his brother often carried a pocket knife for self defense.

“It’s like something happened out of the ‘Wild Wild West' or something,” Daniel said. “You go get a gun out of your trunk and come back and the person standing there, he doesn’t even have a gun.”

Police have not charged the shooter and said the case would be referred to a grand jury.

"I think it's clearly justified. If she was in reasonable fear that deadly force was going to be used on her or the threat of deadly force,” said legal analyst Gerald Treece. “She just got hit, she can use deadly force in return."

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