POLICE Department

CORRECTION: Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 11151 Spottswood Drive

May 4, 2023 - Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a man that occurred at 11151 Spottswood Drive about 1:50 p.m. on January 20.  

The suspect, Claude Edward Slaughter, 30, is charged with murder and felon in possession of a weapon in the 179th State District Court.  A booking photo of Slaughter is attached to this news release.  

The victim has been identified as Colvin Ray Celestine, 27.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants M. Brady and M. Casso reported:

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting call at the above address and found Mr. Celestine suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. According to witnesses, he was shot by an acquaintance following a dispute over money. Paramedics pronounced him deceased at the scene.

The suspect then fled the scene in a black pick-up truck.

Further investigation identified Slaughter as the suspect in this case.  He was arrested by the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force on Tuesday (May 2) without incident.  

Claude Edward Slaughter
Claude Edward Slaughter

Update: VHS/JKS 5-3-23
JKS/SOA   1-23-23
Inc. #009780123


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