Houston Son Fatally Shot While Protecting Mother From Robbery
04/12/2016 AT 04:45 PM EDT
The mother was on her way home and after exiting her car was approached from behind by an armed robber, according to a statement Houston Police Department statement.
The woman screamed for help, at which point her son, James Weldon Ecford, 25, came outside the home and chased the alleged robber. The two fought, and during the fight, the man allegedly produced a gun and shot Ecford in the head. He fired a second shot at Ecford's mother but missed, according to the statement.
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The robber got into the back seat of a waiting vehicle and the driver sped from the scene, police say.
The mother reported seeing a total of four black males, including the shooter, inside the car, according to police.
Authorities ask that Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.