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Incident at 9603 Homestead

June 24, 2005 -- The shooting of an auto theft suspect at 9603 Homestead about 4 a.m. today (June 24) will be referred to the Harris County grand jury.

The injured suspect is identified as Antonio Hunt, 29, of 16234 Soaring Eagle in Sugar Land. He suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he is in grave condition. At the time of this shooting, Hunt was wanted and charged with theft in Harris Count Criminal Court #11.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J. Binford and Officer R. Swainson reported:

Antonio Hunt and an unknown accomplice were attempting to steal a vehicle at 9603 Homestead, utilizing a wrecker stolen several days earlier from 15010 Chipman. The victim, Jermaine Wilson, 20, was alerted to the theft in progress by the vehicle's auto alarm. He retrieved a handgun and went outside to confront the suspects. The victim chased the fleeing wrecker through the apartment complex and shot out the tires of the wrecker in order to stop the fleeing suspects. The suspects jumped out of the wrecker in an attempt to flee on foot. Mr. Wilson stated that once outside of the stolen wrecker, Hunt reached for his waistband as if to retrieve a weapon. Fearing for his life, Wilson fired his weapon again striking Hunt in the head.

Investigators discovered the suspects had slashed several tires of vehicles near the victim's car in order to avoid being chased.

Anyone with information on the second unknown suspect is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

NJM/JFC 6/24/05

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