An apparent case of road rage that turned fatal will be referred to a grand jury, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said early Monday a woman opened fire on a man outside a northwest Harris County gas station, killing him. The incident, which was first reported as a possible carjacking, occurred around 7:15 a.m. on FM 1960 at Perry Road, according to the sheriff’s office.
Investigators said it all started when a woman driving a late model silver Toyota Camry was involved in a minor collision with the driver of a Chevy pickup truck on 1960. The two pulled into a Shell gas station where some kind of altercation occurred, deputies said.
“From what we understand it was maybe just a minor accident,” said Sgt. Felipe Rivera. “The information we’re getting is that it appeared to be a minor accident that turned into road rage.”
Sgt. Rivera said the pickup driver approached the woman’s car, yelling and hitting her vehicle. Deputies said the man tried to open the woman’s car door, and that’s when she shot him once in the chest through the driver’s side window. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A passenger in the pickup truck witnessed the incident.
Apparently the woman was on the phone with 911 dispatchers when the shooting occurred, and she told deputies she feared for her life. She was later questioned by investigators and placed in the back of a patrol car.
Deputies said the woman is the mother of a young daughter and was on her way to work alone at the time of the incident.
A family friend and fellow church member arrived at the scene and spoke on her behalf.
“All we know is, she said it was self defense, and I really don’t want to go into details,” Bishop James Dixon told KHOU 11 News. “She’s a wonderful young lady, and she’s a church member at Community Faith Church, where I pastor, along with her mother. She’s just a good values-based person, a hard working young lady.”
As of 1 p.m., investigators were still at the gas station looking into the shooting.
Neither the victim’s nor the woman’s names were released.