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Update on Incident at 7700 Southbank

May 21, 2005 -- Houston police officers and officers from the multi-jurisdictional Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force have arrested the suspect charged in the fatal shooting of a man at 7700 Southbank on Monday, May 16, 2005, about 10:10 a.m.

The suspect, Joseph R. Grant Jr. (b/m DOB: 3-8-72) charged with murder in the 262nd State District Court and wanted on a parole violation, was arrested as a result of a traffic stop initiated by HPD and task force officers.

HPD Homicide Division Officers D. Vasquez and M. Sosa reported:

A female witness offered to give the victim, Garon Dewayne Mahon, 27, of 813 Waverly, a ride to work. Grant, who is the witnesses' ex-boyfriend, intentionally blocked the witnesses' vehicle, exited his vehicle and confronted Mahon.

Mahon, who was a passenger in the witnesses' vehicle, exited the vehicle and a verbal altercation between Mahon and Grant ensued. Grant fired several gunshots at Mahon, striking him in the chest. Grant returned to his vehicle, a blue Pontiac Grand Prix, and fled the area.

The witness drove Mahon to 6900 Martin Luther King and called 911. He was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Updated: NJM/JFC 5/21/05

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