HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Investigators believe a deadly shooting inside a north Harris County home overnight was an accident, but a friend of the victim is facing criminal charges filed with the district attorney.
The victim was in bed with his wife watching TV when a bullet flew through his bedroom wall, through a TV and then hit him. Deputies said the person who pulled the trigger was his on friend, who was in another room.
The victim's wife was not hurt.
Initially, Precinct 4 deputy constables responded to the scene believing it was a drive-by shooting. The victim’s daughter told deputies she found a bullet hole in an interior wall.
Investigators with the sheriff's office were also called in and looked over the scene, speaking with those inside the home. They determined the homeowner was accidentally shot by a family friend who was staying with them.
“Homicide Investigators interviewed Norez Hargrove, who was visiting the family. Hargrove stated he located a firearm inside the residence, after the family went to bed. He assumed the firearm was not loaded, pulled the trigger, and the firearm discharged,” stated HCSO officials in a later press release.
Hargrove, 50, is facing a pending manslaughter charge, according to the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office later identified the victim as Gerald Peavy, 48.