The suspect, Fredrick Gibson (b/m, 23), is charged with capital murder in the 262nd State District Court. He is accused in the death of Austin Michael Thomerson, 55, who was pronounced deceased at an area hospital.
ibson remains in custody in the state of Louisiana for an unrelated crime.
HPD Homicide Division Detectives J. Caten and D. Higgs reported:
The suspects, dressed in hooded coats and wearing masks and gloves, entered a pawn shop at the above address. As they entered, employees took cover and the suspects ran to the back of the store. Mr. Thomerson, who had a concealed handgun license (CHL), waited for the suspects to come back out from the rear of the store. When the suspects returned, Thomerson and the suspects exchanged gunfire. Thomerson was struck multiple times and the suspects fled the store on foot in an unknown direction. Paramedics transported Thomerson to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased. It was unknown at that time if the suspects were struck by gunfire.
Further investigation identified Gibson as the red-masked suspect in this case and, on April 8, a capital murder charge was filed and a warrant was issued. Gibson is currently awaiting extradition back to Texas.
Investigators believe two or more unidentified suspects remain at large. One suspect is described only as a black male in his early to mid 20s, wearing a white jacket with a gray hood, blue sweatpants, white shoes and a black mask. Previously released surveillance photos of Gibson and the other wanted suspect are attached to this news release.
Anyone with information on the identities of the remaining wanted suspects or in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.