KATY, Texas (AP) — A man gunned down and killed his estranged wife in the parking lot of a suburban Houston high school, then engaged officers in a standoff that ended when he turned the gun on himself and committed suicide, authorities said Friday.
Fort Bend County sheriff's deputies arrived at Tompkins High School in Katy, west of Houston, to find two coaches performing CPR on Valerie Robinson in a rear parking lot of the school shortly after 6 a.m. Friday.
Robinson was a cafeteria worker at the school and was shot as she arrived for work. She was taken to a hospital but died from her wounds. Superintendent Alton Frailey said in a message posted on the school district website that Robinson was a longtime employee of the district.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. John Sampa said witnesses saw an armed man flee in a white pickup. A state trooper found that pickup just west of Katy at a home in the small town of Brookshire, he said.
The suspected shooter, identified as 54-year-old Gregory Robinson, lived at the home along with his wife's father, Sampa said.
When additional officers arrived, the father walked out of the home to see what they wanted, Sampa said. The unidentified man was taken by authorities for questioning and appeared to be unaware of the shooting.
Sampa said the standoff lasted about 3 ½ hours before a Waller County sheriff's tactical team went into the home about 10:30 a.m. Gregory Robinson was found dead in a front bedroom from a single gunshot to the head. A .22-caliber rifle was recovered.
School officials said on the district website that classes at Tompkins High were not disrupted but that parents had the option of retrieving their children if they wanted. They said regularly scheduled events will be held through the weekend but that "heightened security measures" will be in place.
Calls to a Katy district spokesman were not returned.
Brookshire police Chief Brandal Jackson said Valerie Robinson had recently moved out of the home in an effort to end the relationship.
"There was some domestic violence there in the past that was not reported to police," Jackson said.
Friday's shooting was the second deadly episode to recently occur at a Houston-area high school. A 17-year-old student at Spring High School, north of Houston, was fatally stabbed Sept. 4 in what officials said may have been a gang-related fight in the school.