POLICE Department

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.  

Michael Ratliff
Michael Ratliff

Update: VHS/JFC 9-1-16
KJS/JFC 6-16-16
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