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Update on Incident at 4646 West Sam Houston Parkway North

May 6, 2005 -- Identities have been released on two men fatally shot in a murder/suicide incident at 4646 West Sam Houston Parkway North about 8:30 a.m. on Thursday (May 5).

The suspect is identified as Jackie Lee Duke (w/m, DOB 1-19-53) of 3006 Teague. Duke fatally shot Michael Paul Hartmann, 56, of Ingleside, Texas. Hartmann suffered gunshot wounds to the head and back. The suspect suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant S.H. Kennedy and Officer T.J. McCorvey reported:

Hartmann was a long time employee and Duke was a contract worker at the Cameron Corporation at 4646 West Sam Houston Parkway North. Both were patent lawyers. Duke had worked full-time at the company at one time. On Thursday morning, Duke walked into Hartmann's office armed with two handguns. He shot Hartmann and then himself. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

At this time, investigators do not know the motive for the incident. Investigators have learned the suspect was heavily in debt and did leave a suicide note in his apartment. However, the note did not shed any light on the motive for the killing.

The investigation is continuing.

JFC/NJM 5-6-05
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