POLICE Department

Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 709 East 36th Street

June 3, 2024 - Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a woman at 709 East 36th Street about 8:45 a.m. last Friday (May 31).

The suspect, Antonio Cornell Williams, 36, is charged with murder in the 174th State District Court. A 2022 booking photo of Williams, who remains hospitalized after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound, is attached to this news release.

He is accused in the death of Myanda Thomas, 33.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant B. Roberts and Detective J. Wallschlaeger reported:

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting at the above address and found an unresponsive woman with multiple gunshot wounds in the bedroom. Houston Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the woman deceased.

A preliminary investigation determined the woman and her boyfriend (Williams) got into a physical altercation that led to a shooting. Williams then took the couple's 2-year-old child and fled the scene on a bicycle.

Officers on scene relayed the suspect description to responding HPD patrol officers and, a short time later, Williams was located riding a bicycle with the child. As officers approached Williams, he turned the gun on himself. Officers quickly retrieved the child, who was not injured, and provided medical assistance to Williams until HFD paramedics arrived. Williams was transported to an area hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Further investigation and consultation with the Harris County District Attorney's Office led to Williams being charged with murder. Williams remains hospitalized at this time.

suspect Antonio Cornell Williams (2022)
suspect Antonio Cornell Williams (2022)

VHS/SOA 6-3-24
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For additional information, please contact the HPD Office of Community Affairs at 713-308-3200.