Houston Police Department
Two Suspects Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 4200 Airline Drive

September 23, 2013 - Charges have been filed against two suspects arrested in the fatal shooting of a man found at 4200 Airline Drive about 3:55 a.m. on September 11.

The suspects, James Larron Ward, Jr. (b/m, DOB: 7-30-93) and Charles Peron Nickerson (b/m, DOB: 1-15-80), are charged with murder in the 263rd State District Court.  They are accused in the killing of Roderick Culpepper, 44. 

Photos of Ward and Nickerson are attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant W. Meeler and Senior Police Officer J. Villareal reported:

Officers were dispatched to a shooting in-progress call and found Mr. Culpepper in the street with multiple gun shot wounds.  Paramedics pronounced Culpepper dead at the scene. 

Further investigation led to the identities of Ward and Nickerson as suspects in this case and they were arrested last Friday (Sept. 20) without incident.

Investigators continue to seek additional information from potential witnesses to the shooting.  They are asked to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600. 

Charles Peron Nickerson
Charles Peron Nickerson
James Larron Ward, Jr.
James Larron Ward, Jr.
JFC/JKS 9-23-13
Inc #114178013

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