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Third Update on Incident at 9707 South Gessner

November 3, 2005 -- Charges have been filed against two suspects arrested in the murder of an off-duty Houston police officer at 9707 South Gessner about 3 a.m. on October 26.

The suspects are identified as Brandon Reshaud Zachary (b/m, DOB 1-19-86) and Antoine D. Marshall (b/m, DOB 4-19-86). Both are charged with capital murder in the 337th State District Court. Zachary surrendered to authorities in Beaumont, Texas, on Monday (Oct. 31) and Marshall was taken into custody in Wichita Falls, Texas, on Tuesday (Nov. 1).

Witnesses located thus far have said they saw two young black males walking toward the apartment where the shooting occurred. Immediately following the gunshots, the same two males were seen running from the apartment building. A few moments later, a dark, mid-sized car was seen leaving the complex at a high rate of speed. Witnesses said one male was wearing a black windbreaker suit, and the other a dark blue jacket and black pants.

The slain officer, Reuben De Leon, 31, was assigned to the Fondren Patrol Division and sworn in as an HPD officer in August of 1999. Officer De Leon and another off-duty officer were at apartment #1015, wearing plain clothes when an unknown black male knocked on the door of the apartment. The suspect shot Officer De Leon multiple times when he answered the door and then fled through the apartment complex.

Anyone with further information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Update (3) JFC/MDB 11-3-05
Update (2) JFC/RMM 10-28-05
Updated: MES/JFC 10-26-05
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For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.