Update on 1984 Fatal Shooting at 6600 Southwest Freeway

October 6, 2008 - Houston police homicide investigators who reexamined an open 1984 murder case have determined the suspect who fatally shot a man at 6600 Southwest Freeway (US Highway 59 South) service road committed suicide one year after the crime.

The suspect, Sergio Candanoza (H/m, DOB: 9-9-65), died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on August 19, 1985. He had been arrested and charged with reckless conduct in the June 24, 1984 fatal shooting of Saul Acevedo, 26, of Houston.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant A. Carrillo and Senior Police Officer H.A. Chavez reported:

Mr. Acevedo and Candanoza were involved in a physical confrontation in the parking lot of Leslie’s Club at 6600 Southwest Freeway service road about 1:35 a.m. on June 24, 1984. After the fight, Candanoza retrieved a gun from the car in which he rode to the club in and again confronted Acevedo. When the two struggled for the gun, Candanoza was shot in the hand. He gained control of the weapon and shot Acevedo in the neck. Candanoza then left the scene in a black Chevrolet Monte Carlo, but was arrested a short time later. Acevedo died at the scene.

Investigators recently followed up on this case and learned that Candanoza had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Charges of murder were never filed against Candanoza in this incident. Instead, he was charged with reckless conduct for pulling the gun on the driver of the Monte Carlo and forcing the driver to help him flee the scene.

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