Dimitri Humphrey shot Shantavia Reddick, dog to death: Cops
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Dimitri Humphry and Shantavia Reddick

Houston police say Dimitri Humphry, left, shot Shantavia Reddick, right, and her dog to death on Sept. 9. Reddick was killed when she was trying to intervene during a domestic dispute between Humphrey and her friend. (Humphrey mug shot via Houston police, Reddick photo via Spring Independent School District)

The man accused of killing a beloved Rookie Teacher of the Year in Houston earlier this month died Wednesday during a “moving gun battle” with police, authorities said.

Officers developed intel that suspect Dimitri Humphrey, who allegedly shot and killed 26-year-old Shantavia Reddick on Sept. 9, was going to drive to a home on the southeast side of Houston, Texas, said Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite. Detectives set up surveillance and Humphrey arrived at the home around 1 p.m., Satterwhite said at a press conference. Humphrey got out of the car and went to nearby park where he sat on a slide.

With no one else around, cops closed in on Humphrey, who got up and started running. He pulled out a gun and started shooting, Satterwhite said. Five officers returned fire, he said. The shootout continued as Humphrey ran up a hill, across the street and behind a vacant home.

“This was a moving gun battle,” Satterwhite said. “Very dangerous that the suspect was firing back at the officers and they were trying to get him to stop, [and] get him into custody. This is a park, this is a neighborhood area, lots of families around here. Very dangerous situation so were very thankful no one else was injured.”

After five officers had opened fire, cops found Humphrey dead behind the house with his gun next to him, Satterwhite said. None of the officers were hurt.

Investigators have been on the hunt for Humphrey since he allegedly shot and killed Reddick. Harris County Police Chief Ed Gonzalez said Reddick was intervening in a domestic violence situation between her friend and Humphrey when she was killed.

As previously reported, Reddick, who had her dog with her at the time, was making contact with her friend when she was shot multiple times by her Humphrey, her friend’s boyfriend, Gonzalez said. Humphrey also allegedly shot Reddick’s dog. Both Reddick and her dog were killed, Gonzalez said.

“Reddick saved her friend’s life, giving her own,” Gonzalez said.

Reddick’s death has left her students and co-workers reeling. She was a third grade teacher at Smith Elementary School, which is part of the Spring Independent School District in Houston. Reddick was named a Rookie Teacher of the Year by the district at the end of the 2021-22 school year.

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