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Houston-area firefighter fatally shot during fight, argument

November 12, 2018

This file photo provided by The Woodlands Fire Department shows firefighter Nicholas Daniel. Investigators say a Houston-area homeowner fatally shot Daniel after both attended a party and later got into a physical fight. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says Daniel was shot during an altercation Sunday in Montgomery and the shooting will be referred to a grand jury. A statement Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, on behalf of The Woodlands Fire Department says the 38-year-old Daniel was hired in 2015 and wasn't on duty when shot. (The Woodlands Fire Department via AP)

MONTGOMERY, Texas (AP) — Investigators say a Houston-area homeowner has fatally shot an off-duty firefighter after both attended a party and later got into a physical fight.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says Nicholas Daniel was shot during an altercation Sunday in Montgomery. The shooting will be referred to a grand jury.

A statement Monday on behalf of The Woodlands Fire Department says the 38-year-old Daniel was hired in 2015 and wasn’t on duty when shot.

Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Spencer says Daniel and another man attended a party Saturday night and the dispute allegedly involved text messages.

The shooting happened later at the second man’s residence. Spencer says the homeowner reported he felt threatened when Daniel drove up, opened the door of the home and they fought.

The homeowner contacted deputies after the shooting.

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