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Incident at 6200 West Tidwell #1020

January 23, 2006 -- Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man at 6200 West Tidwell #1020 about 12:25 a.m. today (Jan. 23).

The identity of the deceased male is unknown at this time. The Harris County Medical Examiner*s office will identify him via his fingerprints.

HPD Homicide Division Officers P.T. Yochum and I.F. Flores Jr. reported:

Officers were dispatched to a robbery in-progress call and determined the scene was a home invasion in which a suspect was killed. Investigators determined there were three black male suspects who went to the apartment of Christopher Joseph Norris, 23, of New Orleans. Norris opened the door and was holding his one-year-old girl, Christany. He recognized two of the suspects who he said had attended middle school with him in New Orleans. The third suspect was armed with pistols and rushed into the apartment demanding Norris' FEMA money. That suspect ordered Norris to an upstairs bedroom, threw the baby girl down a flight of stairs in the apartment, and then pistol-whipped Norris on the forehead. Norris managed to wrestle away the pistols from the suspect and fatally shot the suspect. The baby was not seriously injured.

The two other suspects fled on foot. Norris identified one of the suspects as Andrew J. Bell. He is described as a black male, 20 to 22 years of age, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 180 pounds. He has sandy brown hair, facial hair on his chin, and was wearing a brown beanie hat, a brown jacket and blue jeans. The second wanted suspect is known only as Mark. He is described as a black male with a dark complexion, 21 to 23 years of age, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 200 pounds, has dreadlocks and facial hair on his chin. The suspect has gold-plated grill teeth and was wearing a blue Raiders' sports jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on the wanted suspects is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.