Burglary ends in shooting that leaves homeowner dead

Houston police are investigating the shooting death of a man at 8434 Carolwood about 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2003.

Leonard Dewayne Bledsoe, 33, of 7706 Clareborne suffered a gunshot wound to his chest and was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

HPD Homicide Investigators S.R. Straughter and T.S. Tyler report:

Witnesses informed a homeowner in the 8400 block of Carolwood that his house had been broken into by a man known as “Tyrone” at approximately 3 p.m. that afternoon. The homeowner drove through his neighborhood in an unsuccessful attempt to find the suspect.

A short time had passed when Bledsoe and some family members arrived at the home, unaware that the house had been burglarized. As they stood in front of the home, “Tyrone” and several other suspects pulled up in three separate vehicles. A verbal confrontation took place before the suspects fired their weapons into the unarmed crowd. It was at that point when Bledsoe was struck. One of the vehicles that the suspects fled in is a gray, four-door Buick.

The identities of “Tyrone” and the other three or four black males accompanying him are unknown.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact HPD Homicide Division at (713) 308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS.