Photo by HPD Noel Sosa-Ruiz: Tries to escape to Cuba
The suspected killer, Noel Sosa-Ruiz, 41, escaped and became a fugitive. He was a licensed security guard with a concealed-handgun license, so he was thought to be armed and dangerous.
Now he's dead.
Houston police say he ran to Florida and on Friday stole a boat in an attempt to get back to his native Cuba.
"Florida officials provided all maritime traffic with a description of the stolen boat and Sosa-Ruiz and, later that day, he was located in the boat and drifting at sea approximately three miles from Cuban waters," HPD says.
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Law enforcement officers closed in to arrest him, but Sosa-Ruiz was not going to let them: As vessels from the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement got near, he took out a gun and shot himself in the chest. He died on the scene.