KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
October 13, 2023
By Natalie Cook Clark
A man is in custody after displaying a gun and threatening to kill his ex-wife before leading deputies in a car chase in Katy.
Suspect Threatened to Kill Ex-Wife
According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call around 8:00 a.m. this morning stating that the suspect had threatened to kill his ex-wife. Upon arrival, the suspect wasn’t at the residence, but was found barricaded in his car in a parking lot off of Westgreen Boulevard. This was near the Memorial Parkway neighborhood.
The suspect then threatened his ex-wife’s life and displayed a semi-automatic pistol, which he pointed to deputies.
The suspect refused to pull over when approached by deputies and he led them on a brief car chase before crashing into a water main.
Suspect was Already Wanted for Domestic Violence Threats
Throughout the incident, deputies reportedly fired shots. It's unconfirmed if the suspect fired his gun. Thankfully, no one was injured. The suspect turned himself in after crashing his vehicle. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office has dealt with this suspect before on domestic violence related events.
There was a warrant out for his arrest on making threats against his ex-wife’s life, but officers weren’t able to locate him until this morning.
“Domestic violence is a very serious problem that impacts so many people,” says Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. “Domestic violence can impact anyone, which is why we all need to understand warning signs and be educated about prevention.”
According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
“We owe it to survivors to do everything in our power to end domestic violence,” says Sheriff Gonzalez. “We typically see an uptick in domestic violence calls during the holiday season. These calls we do not take lightly.”
Katy Area Resources
Katy Christian Ministries offers two hotlines as calls continue to increase.
Domestic Abuse Hotline
Sexual Abuse Hotline
Both hotlines are open Monday-Thursday 9a.m.-5p.m. and are answered by trained advocates.
Katy Cares supports women and children experiencing situational homelessness due to violence and abuse. This local non-profit organization offers tele-chats to support those in need.
Katy Cares Tele-Talks
Monday-Friday 12-2p.m., 7-9p.m.
Donate Pajamas to Help Katy Victims
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Harris County Constable Ted Heap, Precinct 5 is collecting new pajamas to help Katy area domestic violence victims.
“Our goal is to ensure the safety of our domestic violence survivors,” says Sheriff Gonzalez.