Police said that a 38-year old Houston man was arrested and charged with murder following the shooting death of a father. His 2-year-old son, who was also shot by the father, was later found dead in his SUV’s backseat after the suspect fled the vehicle.
Houston police made the announcement late Wednesday night that the suspect had been charged with murder as well as evidence tampering. The identity of this man is not known.
The victims were identified by relatives as Michael Essien (38) and Micah, his son, Micah. “Tell Houston, tell the whole world that I want my nephew back. He’s only 2 years old. He does not know how to hurt a fly,”Jessie Okon, the aunt of the toddler, said KHOU-TV Wednesday. “My brother has always been a peaceful man. I need my brother back.”
Police said that Essien had been arguing with an unknown man in a Houston suburb Tuesday afternoon. According to police, Essien was repeatedly shot and then died on the spot. The victim’s SUV vanished when officers arrived at the scene, police said.
Not long after, Essien’s wife called police to report that her husband and child were missing. The police spoke with Essien’s wife and determined that her husband had been killed.
Officers started searching for Essien’s vehicle, but found it abandoned just 30 minutes later. The child was still in the backseat. Officers broke a window to get to the toddler, but it was too late, police said. The baby was not responsive even though police attempted to administer first aid.
Police believe heat exhaustion could have been the cause. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
According to officers, the suspect was detained at an apartment building near the shooting scene.