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HOUSTON - Police said a late night scuffle that turned into a deadly shooting may be a case of self-defense.

Officers were called to a unit at the Cherry Creek Apartments on Hollister at Tidwell around 11:15 p.m.

They found a man in his early 20s with a gunshot wound to his chest. He was sent to the hospital where he later died.

A subsequent investigation revealed the shooter was the apartment s renter. Police said the renter was allowing the shooting victim to stay with him temporarily.

A scuffle ensued when the victim allegedly tried to choke the renter s dog, according to the Houston Police Department.

When the renter intervened, the man attacked him and a fight broke out. Fearing for his safety, the renter said he retrieved his gun andshot the man.

Homicide detectives were looking at the shooting as a possible case of self-defense.The shooter was questioned and released.

The casewill be turned over to the district attorney to determine if charges are filed.

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