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Update on Incident at 6700 West Airport

February 4, 2006 -- Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a man in the 6700 block of West Airport Boulevard about 5:30 a.m. on December 5, 2005.

The suspect, Christopher Devon Jackson (b/m, DOB 5/22/84), was charged with capital murder in the 230th State District Court and is already in the Harris County Jail on an unrelated weapons charge.

The victim is identified as Eric James Smith, 34, of 12500 Sandpiper Drive. He was a Hurricane Katrina survivor from New Orleans. Smith suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant B. Harris and Officers T. Rutland and D. Arnold reported:

Mr. Smith was fatally shot as he walked in the 6700 block of West Airport. He was at a gas service station at 6690 West Airport when he was robbed at gunpoint of his vehicle. While on the phone with 911, Smith was again approached by Jackson and was shot while on the phone. Information developed by HPD Homicide Division's Gang Murder Squad lead to the charges against Jackson.

Update: NJM 2-04-06
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