HOUSTON — Investigators say a Houston Fire Department arson investigator was fatally shot after accusing his ex-wife’s husband of molesting his daughter.
Houston police arrested and charged Alain Bell with murder Tuesday in connection with the fatal shooting.
Bell is accused of shooting the man at about 9:50 a.m. Monday in the 500 block of Troy after the victim pulled up to his house with his daughter.
The victim's daughter had gotten out the vehicle and walked inside the garage.
“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 fled in a black Chevy pickup truck.
The victim was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Bell was arrested Tuesday after a short police chase in the 2600 block of the South Loop West.
Bell’s grieving wife said she is still trying to make sense of the whole situation. She said her husband did everything for her kids and she is stunned by the accusations against him.
“My heart is broke, torn up,” she said. “He took care of me, he was my husband.”
The shooting victim is her ex-husband and the father of her children.
“There have been some friction between (them),” she said.
Detectives said they believe Alain Bell may have sexually assaulted the victim's daughter.
Bell's wife said she doesn’t think that’s true.
“My God, I haven’t really talked to her in depth, and she would’ve told me. She would have told me. And I’d never, never let anybody hurt my kids,” she said.
Sources confirmed a sexual assault report involving the girl was filed against Alain Bell just last week. Now police are trying to figure out if that is what triggered the shooting.
“I feel like I’m the last person to know anything. You know, and I find out that (the shooting victim) took her for counseling,” Bell's wife said.
Alain Bell is a registered sex offender who served time for an aggravated sexual assault when he was sixteen.
His wife said she thinks police are picking on him because of his past aggravated sexual assault charges.
“He was 16 years old when that happened to him, when he got jammed up... he didn’t do it,” she said.
She said she is sticking by her husband’s side.
“In my heart, I really think there were allegations. I don’t want to say that I don’t believe my daughter, but she never said anything to me,” she said.
**EDITOR'S NOTE: We are not using the names of the victims in this story to protect the identity of the alleged sexual assault victim**