KATY, Texas (AP) — A man gunned down his estranged wife in the parking lot of a suburban Houston high school before triggering a standoff that ended with his death by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said Friday.
Fort Bend County sheriff’s deputies arrived at Tompkins High School in Katy, west of Houston, to find two coaches performing CPR on the woman in a rear parking lot of the school shortly after 6 a.m. Friday.
The woman was a cafeteria worker at the school and was shot as she arrived for work. She was taken to a hospital but died from her wounds.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. John Sampa said witnesses saw an armed man flee in a white pickup. A state trooper found that pickup just west of Katy at a home in the small town of Brookshire, he said.
The suspected shooter, identified only as a 53-year-old man, lived at the home along with the father of the slain woman, Sampa said. It appears the woman may have recently moved out of the home, he said.
When additional officers arrived, the father walked out of the home to see what they wanted, Sampa said. The unidentified man was taken by authorities for questioning and appeared to be unaware of the shooting.
Sampa said the standoff lasted about 3 ½ hours before a Waller County sheriff’s tactical team went into the home about 10:30 a.m. The suspect was found dead in a front bedroom from a single gunshot to the head. A .22-caliber rifle was recovered.
School officials said on the Katy school district website that classes at Tompkins High were not disrupted but that parents had the option of retrieving their children if they wanted. They said regularly scheduled events will be held through the weekend but that “heightened security measures” will be in place.
Calls to a Katy district spokesman were not returned.
Friday’s shooting was the second deadly episode to recently occur at a Houston-area high school. A 17-year-old student at Spring High School, north of Houston, was fatally stabbed Sept. 4 in what officials said may have been a gang-related fight in the school.
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