We regret to pass on that a Houston (Texas) Fire Department Arson Investigator was shot and killed in the Line of Duty this morning in northwest Houston.
The investigator was identified as 44-year-old Lemuel Bruce, was a married father of two. Bruce was conducting surveillance during an arson investigation in the 2100 block of W. 18th Street around 0330 hours when he got into a confrontation with a suspect where they exchanged gunfire. The suspect died at the scene. About an hour later, Bruce died from his injuries at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Bruce was looking into a string of recent arsons when he was killed.
What we know about Investigator Lemuel Bruce:
Married with two children, ages 12 and 8
Began his 17-year career with HFD in 2003
Previously served out of HFD Fire Stations 77, 96, 46, 42, 64, 6 and 12
Assigned to the Houston Fire Department’s Fire & Arson Investigation Division, which is the law enforcement agency of HFD, for the last five years