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Police Respond To Fight At Group Facility; One Dead

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(Credit: Pattie Shieh)

Houston police were called to a home in the 6,000 block of Claridge in southwest Houston early Thursday morning. According to Sgt. W.L. Meeler the small, one story brick home serves as a group facility for the mentally challenged. In the predawn hours, a fight broke out between the person who runs the home and one of the residents. The resident reportedly struck and injured the man in the face. The man in charge tells police he restrained the resident by putting him in a chokehold. The resident passed out and by the time paramedics arrived the resident was dead inside. At least six people live in the house which sits on a quiet street near the community clubhouse and pool.

Sgt. Meeler found that another call to police was placed from the home earlier in the evening. The same resident had been found wandering in the Alief area and was brought back to the house. According to Sgt. Meeler, the officers did not indicate that the man was violent at the time.

Russ Hemati has lived on the street for 3 years and had no idea the house was a group home. “Nothing ever happened before this. This is strange.” he says. He describes the street as very quiet.

Officers are now speaking with everyone inside the home. They are also checking on licensing. Sgt. Meeler says it is too early to determine if any charges will be filed.

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