HOUSTON – A suspect has been taken into custody after a security guard was fatally shot and his gun was stolen overnight on the southwest side of town, police said.
The shooting happened at a condo complex on Leawood Boulevard near Bissonnet Street around 12:30 a.m. Friday, according to officers with the Houston Police Department.
Witnesses said the guard got into an argument with somebody who was trying to get into the complex to allegedly visit a friend. They said the man, who was on a motorbike, was screaming at the guard. The guard didn't respond and wouldn't let him in, so the man left.
Moments later, gunshots were heard and the guard was found on the ground.
"We went in were watching TV and heard the gunshots, six gunshots like a revolver,” said Frank Villereal, a witness.
The guard was placed in an ambulance and died on the way to the hospital, police said.
The security company identified the victim as Rene Almeida, a man in his mid-50s. They said the guard had worked at the complex for two weeks.
“I wasn't expecting that to happen to him because he is such a nice man to everybody,” said Megan Merriweather, a neighbor.
Family members said Almeida was a father and a grandfather.
The guard's gun was stolen, but it’s not clear if the weapon was used against him.
Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story indicated the guard had been on the job for two days, according to HPD. A follow-up with the security company indicated the victim had worked at the complex for two weeks.