Bayou Body Count: Death At The Movies...And The Firehouse

Damian Scott was restless. He woke up in his home at around 4:30 a.m. Friday, told his wife to go back to sleep and walked out to the garage. Then he hopped in his car, closed the door, turned on the engine and started watching a DVD.

The garage door was shut.

Back inside the house, at 10137 Inwood Hollow Lane, Scott's wife, Latrice Randle, her sister, Myshia Randle, and four children, were snug in their beds asleep. The silence was broken when a 7-month-old began crying. Myshia Randel rushed to its aid and saw that her sister's baby was having a seizure. She then went to get the baby's mother, who in turn went looking for her husband.

When she found him, police say, Scott was unconscious in the locked car. The carbon monoxide trapped inside the garage was too much for him. His wife tried to get him out, but she too lost consciousness. Police later found her passed out between two parked cars.

Meanwhile, Myshia Randel had called 911. By the time firefighters arrived, everyone in the home was out cold. The family was rushed to the hospital, where Scott was pronounced dead. The rest of the family revived and were in stable condition, police say. Scott's death was ruled an accident.

The old "shoot first, ask questions later" bit will be put to the test as a Harris County grand jury will decide whether to charge a man who shot an intruder.

Police say that a 27-year-old man was in his home at 13547 Forest Pines Village on Thursday afternoon when he heard a knock at his front door. He peeked out the window, but no one was there.

Then he heard a loud bang near the back door.

The homeowner saw someone coming through the door and immediately fired his handgun, police say. The alleged burglar tried to run, but collapsed nearby. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.


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The firefighters at Station No. 68 got a hell of a surprise Sunday. They were upstairs in their firehouse along the 8600 block of Bissonnet, doing whatever firefighters do up there, when they heard gunshots. When they went downstairs to see what had happened, they found James E. Chenevert lying in the vehicle bay. Chenevert, 42, had been shot in the torso.

Police are still investigating.

Harris County Sheriff's deputies are trying to find the man who shot Jackie Merchant dead in the street. They say they found Merchant, 19, on the 2100 block of Greenbriar Colony Drive on Saturday just before 5 p.m. She had been shot several times.

Authorities say she was arguing with a man when he pulled out a gun and shot her. He is described only as 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds.


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Who shot Mr. Smithers?

Police don't know. They say that Frank Smithers, 23, was gunned down on Friday evening at 6516 Utah Street. Police do not know where Smithers was shot, but know that afterwards someone drove him to Utah Street, where he died, police say. Witnesses told police that they saw three people leave Smithers.

Hector Sanchez
Hector Sanchez
courtesy of HPD

Houston police are on a manhunt.

On Saturday at about 1 a.m., authorities found Donovin Dozier, 24, had been shot to death at 5800 Maywood. Witnesses at the time told police they saw a maroon Chevy Astrovan flee the scene.

Apparently, that Astrovan was enough of a lead for the cops. They have filed a murder charge against Hector Sanchez, 26, in Fort Bend County. But Sanchez is still on the loose.

Anyone with information about any of these investigations is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.


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