Baytown police have released more details about a shooting involving a man who was killed after pointing a modified paintball gun at another man.
Jose Figueroa of Baytown was shot and killed Saturday in the 800 block of Northbend Drive after he approached a vehicle with his 24-year-old girlfriend inside along with the driver, identified as 25-year-old Aaron Walker. Figueroa had a loaded, modified black paintball gun that he pointed at Walker, police said.
Walker was apparently taking Figueroa’s ex-girlfriend to the home she shared with him, according to police.
“Figueroa called his ex-girlfriend and told her he was hurt and needed help,” Assistant Chief Eric Freed, Baytown police spokesman, said.
Freed said the ex-girlfriend is a friend of Walker, and he drove her home regularly when she needed transportation.
“Figueroa was aware of this fact,” Freed said.
After Figueroa displayed the paintball gun, police say Walker retrieved his own handgun, a .45 caliber pistol, from his SUV and shot Figueroa, who died at the scene.
Freed said Walker was detained, questioned and released without charges.
“Our completed investigation will be given to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office,” Freed said. “A prosecutor will present it to a grand jury who will determine if Aaron’s claim of self-defense was justified. It is not uncommon to wait six months or more for the HCDAO to present a case to a grand jury due to backlog.”
Freed added Walker and the ex-girlfriend were friends.
“Figueroa was alleged to have confronted Aaron in the past in regard to the friendship,” he said.
A GoFundMe site has been set up asking for people to help with funeral expenses for Figueroa. To make a donation, visit www.gofundme.com/f/help-pay-for-funeral-expenses-for-jose-figueroa.