A southeast Houston man was killed in front of his home by a stray bullet right after midnight New Years Day, according to the Houston Police Department.
The victim Javier Rivera, 43, was watching fireworks with his wife in their front yard in the 800 block of Eastlake Street at Theta near Edgebrook Drive, HPD reported.
“Mr. Rivera and family members had gathered to celebrate New Year’s eve at their residence at the above address,” Detectives believe someone shot a gun in the air in celebration of the New Year and the bullet came down and hit Rivera in the head. “At midnight, Rivera and his wife stepped outside and walked to the edge of the driveway to watch nearby fireworks. No one in the immediate area was launching fireworks. As he stood next to his wife, Rivera suddenly fell to the ground. Neighbors called 9-1-1 and attempted to provide medical assistance to Rivera. HFD paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced Rivera deceased.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the HPD’s Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).
The Houston Police Department is investigating an officer-involved wreck that claimed two lives on New Years Eve along the Eastex Freeway.
The incideent occurred in the 7000 block of the Eastex Freeway around 4:30 p.m., HPD reported.
The victims, both men, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their identities are pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
“The driver of a silver Acura TL was traveling southbound on the Eastex Freeway when, for unknown reasons, he veered from the right side of the freeway across all lanes of traffic and struck an HPD patrol vehicle parked on the left shoulder,” HPD Vehicular Crimes Division Sergeant A. Vanderbull and Officer T. White reported. “The Acura then left the roadway, went over the retaining wall, and fell to the ground below. The male driver and male front seat passenger died at the scene. A male rear seat passenger, 19, was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in an unknown condition. The HPD officer in the patrol vehicle was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he was treated and released.”
The investigation is continuing.