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2nd Update: Suspect Charged in Fatal Shooting at 11650 West Bellfort

May 26, 2011 - Charges have been filed against a suspect in the fatal shooting of a man at 11650 West Bellfort about 2:45 p.m. on Oct. 19, 2010.

Jose Gerardo Silva (H/m, DOB: 12-12-86) is charged with murder in the 339th State District Court.  He is currently in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on an unrelated felony charge.  A photo of suspect Silva is attached to this news release.

The victim, Theodore Mitsakos, 49, of the above address, suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants J. Brooks, C. Cegielski, T. Biggs and Senior Police Officer K. Carr reported:

Mr. Mitsakos was traveling westbound on West Bellfort when he was pursued by two males in a black pickup truck. The two males began shooting at Mitsakos' white Dodge pickup truck and struck Mitsakos.  Mitsakos then lost control of the Dodge, struck another vehicle, and then struck the side of an apartment complex.

The suspects were last seen traveling westbound on West Bellfort. It is believed they met up with persons in another vehicle, described only as a silver or gray pickup, just prior to the shooting.  Two unknown, armed Hispanic males were seen exiting the silver or gray pickup and getting into the black pickup on West Bellfort.

Further investigation identified Silva as a suspect in this case, and on Wednesday (May 25), he was charged with murder.

The investigation and search for additional suspects is continuing.

Anyone with information on this case or the identities or whereabouts of the other male suspects is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Jose Gerardo Silva
Jose Gerardo Silva

2nd Update:  KJS/JFC  5-26-11
Update:  JKS/JFC  10-28-10
KJS/JFC  10-20-10
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For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.