Son says he killed ‘alcoholic’ ex-deputy dad to protect his mother – News Today

Son says he killed ‘alcoholic’ ex-deputy dad to protect his mother – News Today


The son of a retired Texas sheriff’s deputy says when he walked in on his mother sobbing after being punched in the face by his alcoholic and abusive father, he was left with no choice but to shoot him dead ‘The breaking point was when he was going to do the same thing to me, if not worse,’ Michael Merritt said of his slain dad, former Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Merritt According to the sheriff’s office, at 5.32am on Wednesday, Michael called 911 to report that he had shot his father at the family’s home in the 3400 block of Meadow Hill Court in Spring Scroll down for video  Officers responded to the address to find the 53-year-old Brian Merritt dead from a gunshot wound Merritt’s 22-year-old son Michael told homicide investigators that his father was physically abusing him mother, and that he opened fire on him to protect her ‘It was the only way to guarantee my mom and I’s [sic] safety,’ Michael calmly told KTRK ‘I had no way of knowing what he was capable of or what he was armed with. ‘I knew that given the opportunity…he could’ve done some very terrible things to us ’In a March 9 Facebook post touting the merits of gun ownership and the Second Amendment, Brian shared a photo of his personal arsenal comprised of four handguns, a revolver and a shotgun As of Thursday afternoon, Michael Merritt has not been arrested or charge in his father’s death Share this article Share Once the investigation is completed, the evidence will be presented to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, which will decide whether to bring criminal charges against Michael, reported KPRC Brian Merritt, a US Navy veteran, had served with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office from December 1989 until his retirement in March 2017 His last duty assignment was providing hospital security under the Criminal Justice Command According to Facebook posts, Brian and his wife, Pat, had been married for more than 30 years and had two sons together and several grandchildren Michael, a recent college graduate who works for an apparel company, told KTRK that his father often abused him and his mother ‘He made sure not to leave any bruises so police wouldn’t believe us,’ the son said ‘He thought we were defenseless.’The family’s neighbors told the Houston Chronicle they have seen police cars outside the Merritts’ home on multiple occasions over the past four months stemming from Brian’s clashes with other residents In one instance, he scared his neighbors’ daughter by banging on the door while her parents were out of town A couple of weeks after that, Merritt allegedly unleashed a string of expletives at the same neighbors and slashed their tires In late August, the former deputy was arrested on a charge of criminal mischief for allegedly damaging a neighbor’s car   Click2Houston Privacy Policy

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