UPDATE: Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 15131 Alkay Street
September 1, 2016 - Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of two females at 15131 Alkay Street about 2:45 a.m. on June 16.
The suspect, Michael Ratliff (b/m, 43), is charged with capital murder in the 179th State District Court. He is accused in the killing of his 14-year-old daughter, Ariel Ratliff, who died at the scene, and his wife, Sandtrece Ratliff, 44, who died at Ben Taub General Hospital.
A photo of Michael Ratliff is attached to this news release.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeants K. Daignault and B. Chebret reported:
Michael Ratliff told investigators he was at home when his daughter and wife attempted to attack him with knives. He stated he then shot them both in self-defense.
Further investigation and evidence from the scene determined Ratliff did not act in self-defense. He was taken into custody on Wednesday (August 31) without incident and subsequently charged.
Update: VHS/JFC 9-1-16
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