Murder suspect fires at HPD, leads police on chase

December 23, 2012 8:12:35 PM PST
A man accused of murdering a woman and then shooting at a Houston police officer was arrested Sunday morning after leading police on a chase.

It all started around 7:15am at a Connie Leatrice Bowie's home in the 4100 block of Brisbane near Roandale.

Investigators were called there for an assult in progress. According to police, there was a domestic dispute between the homeowner and the 43-year-old suspect, Herbert G. Gardner.

When the first officer arrived at the scene, Gardner reportedly sprayed the officer's cruiser with a shotgun. The officer was not hit and Gardner fled in a red Dodge Nitro.

Police say they found Bowie's body in her home on Brisbane. The 39-year-old was shot to death.

Officers chased Gardner for about 20 minutes, exchanging gunfire, but no one was hit. The man eventually stopped at a home in the 5300 block of Glen Rio where he pointed a gun at officers again before he was subdued and arrested.

He was taken to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Police said Gardner once dated Bowie and lived at the home on Brisbane with her, but he had recently moved out and they were arguing.

Police expect Gardner to face charges of murder, attempted capital murder of a police officer and possibly aggravated assault of a police officer.

Please stay with Eyewitness News and abc13.com for updates as we continue following this story.


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