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Lemuel Delray Bruce, Jr.

Arson Investigator

During the early morning hours of Friday, October 16, 2020, Arson Investigator Lemuel Bruce and other members of the Arson Division, Houston Fire Department, tracked down a possible lead to arsons being set in the Houston area.  When they arrived at the Timbergrove neighborhood, a suspect fatally shot Arson Investigator Bruce.  The suspect was discovered deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Incident Location:  2100 Block of West 18th Street, Houston, TX

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Department information

Houston Fire Department
1801 Smith Street
Houston, Texas 77002

Chief: Samuel Peña

Age: 44
Rank: Arson Investigator
Classification: Career
Incident date: October 16, 2020 03:30
Date of death: October 16, 2020
Cause of death: Struck By
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Other On-Duty
Fixed property use: Residential

Last updated: February 16, 2021

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