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Missouri City plant shooter took her own life after killing manager

August 22, 2018

A woman accused in shooting two people at the Missouri City food distribution plant where she worked took her own life when confronted by a police officer, officials said Tuesday.

Kristine Peralez shot and killed Francisco Reyes, 31, a Ben E. Keith Foods Distribution Plant manager,in his office with a semi-automatic handgun. She used the same weapon to kill herself in the parking lot on Cravens Road early Monday, Missouri City spokeswoman Stacie Walker said.

A Missouri City police officer identified by officials as Valery Elias found Peralez in the parking lot and opened fire, Walker said. The officer missed.

Elias, who has been on the force a year, is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the shooting probe.

The 29-year-old woman believed to be behind the workplace shooting stormed into the plant — where her husband also worked — on her day off. The husband, who was not immediately identified, was working a shift at the time of her alleged attack.

At some point prior to the shooting, she recorded a video bidding farewell to her friends and family on Facebook. She appeared to blame another person for the shooting but did not elaborate.

Police on Tuesday were still investigating a motive behind the shooting and were unable to say if her two colleagues were targeted.

The second employee, Fedencio Janas, 29, suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and is recovering at Southwest Memorial Hospital.

Employees at the plant were allowed to return to work Monday afternoon, Walker added.

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