UPDATE: Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 6019 Almeda Road

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested for the fatal shooting of a woman and for firing shots at a Harris County Precinct 7 Constable deputy at 6019 Almeda Road about 12:35 a.m. on Tuesday (May 7).

The suspect, Tilford Anthony Joseph, 46, is charged with murder and aggravated assault against a public servant in the 177th State District Court.  A booking photo of Joseph is attached to this news release.

The victim is identified as Teresa Houston, 44.

The Harris County Precinct 7 Deputy Constable, who discharged his duty weapon, was not seriously injured.

HPD Special Investigations Unit Sergeant D. Lane and Detectives J. Montalvo, W. Elliott and O. Flores reported:

Ms. Houston and an unidentified male suspect were involved in an altercation at a gas station at the above address. The suspect, armed with a handgun, chased Houston inside the store and then back outside.  While running through the gas pumps, the suspect fired multiple shots at Houston, striking her. The suspect continued to shoot as Houston fell.  She was pronounced deceased.

Houston Fire Department personnel witnessed the incident and alerted the deputy, who was driving by. The deputy attempted to stop the suspect from fleeing in a vehicle driving westbound on North McGregor Way. Shortly after passing through the intersection of North McGregor Way and Almeda Road, the suspect stopped his vehicle, got out and began shooting towards the deputy. The deputy moved to a safer location and returned fire.

The suspect then entered the deputy’s patrol vehicle, drove westbound on North McGregor Way, turned around and drove eastbound and eventually returned to his original vehicle. The suspect exited the patrol vehicle and engaged the deputy in another exchange of gunfire.  The suspect then ran to his vehicle and fled the scene westbound on North McGregor Way.

The deputy was not struck by gunfire, but sustained a minor injury and was transported to an area hospital   It was believed the suspect was not struck by gunfire.

The suspect’s vehicle was later recovered at North Loop East (North Interstate Highway 610 East) and Kirkpatrick Road.

Further investigation led to the identity of Joseph as the suspect.  On Wednesday (May 8), he was taken into custody following a standoff with members of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team in west Harris County.  He was transported and booked into the Harris County Jail.

As is customary when a law enforcement officer discharges a weapon in the Houston city limits, this incident is being investigated by the HPD Special Investigations Unit.


Tilford Anthony Joseph

Update: JFC/VHS   5-9-24
SOA/VHS  5-7-24
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