Bayou Body Count: An Attempt To Steal A Car Ends Badly

Texas and the right to defend oneself with deadly force seem to go hand-in-hand. And so it was for one man and his wife on Saturday along the 1100 block of Langwick.

Houston police say a man shot and killed Darryl Milton Franklin Jr., 37, after Franklin tried to steal his car around 6:25 in the morning. Franklin was breaking into the couple's car when they noticed what was happening and rushed over, dragging Franklin out of the vehicle and telling him they were calling the cops, police say. Franklin then allegedly tried to break into other cars in the neighborhood before attempting to carjack a nearby resident.

After calling the police again, the man went up to Franklin for the second time and the two began to fight. The man's wife even got into the action, hitting Franklin several times. Finally, fearing for his life, police say, the man drew his gun and shot Franklin in the chest. The man tried to administer First Aid, but Franklin was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Police later learned that the man had a concealed handgun license.

Houston police are in the midst of a manhunt for suspected killer Ruben Ponce Perdomo, 35. Perdomo is accused of shooting to death Angelica Crisostomo Alor, 28, at about 4:30 am on Saturday at 6015 Hillcroft.

Police responded to a call concerning gunfire and found that Alor had been shot. They took her to Memorial Hermann Hospital Southwest, where she was pronounced dead. Investigators learned that the shooter had fled the scene in a maroon Chevy Avalanche, which was later found less than a mile away on the 6000 block of Gulfton. From there, police were able to determine that Perdomo was the shooter, police say. Murder charges have already been filed against Perdomo.

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Houston police are also investigating the shooting of a man and his wife early Monday morning. According to investigators, James Smith Jr., 19, and his spouse were visiting McCollough Park at 900 East 40 ½ Street when an unknown man appeared and fired his gun at them several times. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene and his wife was taken to Ben Taub hospital in critical condition with several gunshot wounds. Police are looking for witnesses and so far have no suspects.

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Anyone with information concerning these investigations is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS

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