Friday, October 24, 2014

Dad murders 19-month-old daughter and her mother; he's later found dead from suicide after police standoff (Fayette County, Texas)

Dad is identified as DEANDRE RASHAD OWENS.

Child injured in fatal Fayette County shooting has died

By Ciara O'Rourke
American-Statesman Staff

A child who was found injured at the scene of a fatal shooting Monday in Fayette County has died, according to the Travis County medical examiner’s office.

Azareyh Aleyiah Owens was nearly 19 months old when she died Tuesday afternoon. Her manner of death is pending an autopsy, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Her cause of death is homicide.

The child’s mother, 19-year-old Justice Martinez, was found dead with a gunshot wound around noon Monday at a home on U.S. 290 near Ledbetter, east of Giddings, authorities have said.

The Fayette County sheriff’s office said the child’s father, DeAndre Rashad Owens, was a person of interest in the killing. Owens, 25, was found dead later that day in Austin.

Austin police said that Owens had called 911 around 1 p.m. Monday saying he was suicidal. SWAT officers tried to establish contact with Owens at his apartment at 1017 Clayton Lane. After a three-hour standoff, the officers forced their way into the apartment and found him dead of an apparent suicide.

The Fayette County sheriff’s office did not respond to multiple requests for comment Wednesday.