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Incident at 10202 Club Creek #2515

March 14, 2006 -- Houston police are investigating the apparent suicide of a barricaded suspect who shot a woman at 10202 Club Creek #2515 about 5:20 a.m. today (Mar. 14).

The deceased suspect is identified as Juan Antonio Romero (H/m, DOB 11-23-72).

The female, identified as Aracely Cardenas Gomez, 29, of 7700 Club Creek #2304 received a gunshot wound to the mouth and hand. She was taken by private vehicle to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital where she is expected to recover from her injuries.

HPD Homicide Division Officers R. P. Martinez and T. J. McCorvey reported:

Family members contacted police after receiving several calls from the suspect, Juan Antonio Romero, threatening to kill himself. During one of the phone calls, Romero advised he was at his apartment. After realizing Gomez's vehicle was at that location, family members became worried about her. Ms. Gomez, three months pregnant with Romero's baby, was in the process of breaking up with him. The couple did not live together.

Officers responded to the location and attempted to make contact with the suspect. Several shots were heard from inside the residence and then Ms. Gomez ran out of the apartment bleeding from her mouth and hand. When officers learned Ms. Gomez's five-year-old daughter was still inside the apartment, HPD SWAT officers were called to the scene. After making entry into the apartment, the child was found unharmed and the suspect dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

MES/JFC 3-14-06
Inc #041130906

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