HOUSTON – Officers were searching for a man who shot and killed an off-duty Houston Fire Department inspector during a domestic incident Monday in north Houston, Houston police said.
The shooting happened at about 10 a.m. just after David Stoneham pulled up to his house, in the 530 block of Troy, with his 17-year-old daughter in the car.
“Next thing she knows, moments later, is that she hears what sounds like a shot gun racking,” said HPD Public Information Officer John Cannon. “And then just moments after that, she hears two shots and sees her stepfather shoot her father at point-blank range.”
Witnessed said they heard gun shots before the suspect, identified as Alain Bell, fled in a black Chevy pickup truck.
“It was really, really loud. And that’s what scared me so much,” said Linda Walker. “By the time I got to the living room, I heard the second shot.”
The noise came from two houses down from Walker’s home.
“So I came to see and I said, 'Are you OK?' And she said, 'No, that’s my dad. My stepdad just shot my dad.'”
The 55-year-old victim was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he was pronounced dead. HFD officials said the victim began his career with the Houston Fire Department in 1980 and was promoted to inspector in 1999.
Detectives still don’t know the motive, but said there was some kind of an on-going dispute between the men.
“I asked her what’s wrong and she said it’s a big mess,” Walker said.
Bell was charged with murder in the 183rd State District Court. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.