Former NFL player Antonio Armstrong and his wife Dawn were both shot in the early hours of Friday morning allegedly by their teenage son. The suspect called 911 at around 1.30AM, shortly after the shooting occurred. He has since then been charged as a juvenile.
According to reports, the couple was shot by their 16-year old son whose name has not been released by the police.
Dawn Armstrong died at the scene of the shooting, while her husband was later pronounced dead at the city’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, having suffered a gunshot wound to his head.
All three of the couple’s children were in the house at the time of the shooting including their 20-year-old son and a teenage daughter, neither of whom were hurt.
Police said they did not believe there was any history of domestic abuse in the family. Houston police homicide investigator Jimmy Dodson told KPRC that the Armstrongs were “an outstanding family” adding that Mr Armstrong was an associate pastor at a local church. “He’s a great guy. The mother was apparently a great mother, according to family members,” Mr Dodson said. “It was kind of the all-American family.”
The deceased, Antonio Armstrong, 42 year-old, was a college football star at Texas A&M University. He was later named an All-American in his senior season as a linebacker for the A&M Aggies. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 1995 NFL Draft but fractured an ankle in training and was released later that year, signing with the Dolphins, for whom he played four games.