Saturday, March 10, 2012

New Orleans, LA: Orleans Parish sheriff's deputy held after Waggaman domestic dispute turns deadly

A man was shot to death in his driveway in Waggaman after a domestic dispute Sunday evening, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. Authorities said the shot that killed 25-year-old Nicholas Houston in the 100 block of Daffodil Lane was fired by his estranged wife, 25-year-old Honore Estes Houston.

Honore Houston is an Orleans Parish sheriff's deputy who resides in eastern New Orleans. She has been a deputy since November 2009.
The recently separated pair had been having an argument.
Just before 6 p.m., police found Nicholas Houston lying between two cars in the driveway of the home with a single gunshot wound to the left side. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Honore Houston was at the scene when police arrived and allegedly told authorities two different stories about the incident. In the second version, she said the gun went off when she was waving it in the air during the argument, according to the Sheriff's Office.
When she was first interviewed by investigators, she said the gun was in her purse and was accidentally fired while she was swinging the purse. She then recanted that story, the JPSO said.
Houston has not been arrested at this time, according to the Sheriff's Office. She was taken from the scene for further questioning.
Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman issued a statement Sunday night saying that Honore Houston has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the criminal investigation and an internal investigation by his office.
"As we all know too well, domestic violence touches every corner of our community. Tragically, this includes law enforcement and the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office," Gusman said. "Our investigators are working alongside the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office to determine the cause of this incident. We will follow all of the procedures of this office, as this investigation continues."

No comments: