POLICE Department

UPDATE: Suspect Identified in Woman's Fatal Shooting at 8800 Parkhurst Drive

November 16, 2021 - Houston police have identified a suspect in the fatal shooting of a woman found deceased at 8800 Parkhurst Drive about 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 20.

The suspect, Joseph Williams, died on September 23 from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  

The victim is identified as Crystal Barnes, 43.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant A. Lopez and Detective N. Sharp reported:

Officers responded to a call at the above address and found Ms. Barnes lying in a ditch near the bayou.  She was deceased and appeared to have injuries consistent with a gunshot wound.

Further investigation determined Barnes was shot by her common-law husband, Joseph Williams.  Williams appears to have taken his own life three days after fatally shooting Barnes.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600.

Update: VHS/KJS  11-16-21
JFC/KJS  9-20-21
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