Prattville community mourning the loss of beloved citizen

Published: Jul. 28, 2018 at 4:38 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2018 at 2:51 PM CDT
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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - The suspect in Friday night's Prattville homicide investigation was found dead Saturday, according to Prattville Police Chief Mark Thompson.

Thompson said Derico Tierre Houser, 39, was found dead from a self-inflicted wound.

Houser was wanted for the murder of his ex-wife. Police said Houser went to her home, in the 1400 block of Tullahoma Drive in the Glenbrooke subdivision, and shot and killed her.

"The police cars were just everywhere," said neighbor Catherine Hartman.

Hartman said she was unaware of what was happening. In fact, she thought it police were around because of a house fire.

"You know, like a kitchen fire or something," she said.

Police initially searched at Devonshire Apartments, now known as Millbrook Pointe, because Houser was said to have ties to the location. That location was later ruled out.

Neighbors recall Houser's ex-wife as being a mother and an all-around good person.

"She's been here between two and three years and she was just a very lovely person," said Hartman. "A wonderful mother and the children were just always great."

"it's just so unfortunate when you see it happen, especially with such a lovely person. It's devastating," said neighbor Alan Hartman.

Thompson said Friday that there were no indicators that things were getting to this point.

"You never heard fights, screaming or anything. Never. Just absolutely very very pleasant people," said Hartman.

Houser was reported as having military training and had been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Police did not release any details about where Houser was found.

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