HOUSTON – An FBI agent fatally shot a kidnap victim during a raid early Thursday at a Houston home, authorities said.
FBI spokeswoman Christina Garza said the agent shot the man shortly before 4 p.m. during a “surgery” in the house. The man, whose name was not immediately released, died later in a hospital.
The police in Conroe, about 40 miles north of Houston, confirmed the man was kidnapped and held for ransom.
“The system has failed. Whether accidentally or not, the man is not going home to his family,” Conroe police chief Philip Dupuis said.
Two men and a woman are charged with aggravated kidnapping, police said. The men also are charged with qualified theft.
The police said that the men broke into a house in Conroe and abducted the man. His 12-year-old son called the police, who called the FBI for help.
The FBI followed cellphone signals to a motel in the vicinity of Houston, where two suspects — both men — were found. The suspects directed FBI agents and police officers at a house where another suspect — a woman — was located along with the man who was being held captive. Other people, including children, were also in the house, according to the authorities.
It is unclear what led to the gunfire. Garza, said the agent who fired the fatal shot is on administrative leave pending an investigation.