Houston Police Sgt. Hilario Hernandez charged with the shooting death of wife, Belinda Hernandez at the couple’s Pearland home. Motive unknown.
A Houston police sergeant has been charged with the fatal shooting of his librarian wife over the weekend.
Houston Police Sgt. Hilario Hernandez was arrested some 230 miles from the couple’s family home and charged with the murder of Belinda Hernandez. Reports told of the man fleeing upon shooting the woman dead multiple times on Saturday before his capture later that day.
Notice of the 52-year-old woman’s death came after her body was found by a relative at the couple’s home in the 1900 block of Canyon Creek Court in the Houston suburb of Pearland.
Students @PearlandISD Shadycrest Elementary will be returning to school w/o their beloved librarian Belinda Hernandez. after she was found murdered in her #Pearland home over weekend. Her husband, @houstonpolice Sgt. Hilario Hernandez charged w/ her murder. #khou11 #htownrush pic.twitter.com/mRmQbv3mJX
— Michelle Choi (@MichelleKHOU) March 25, 2019
MORE: BREAKING: Hilario Hernandez is Houston PD Sgt wanted for the murder of a woman in Pearland -according multiple law enforcement sources. Hernandez was found near Corpus Chrisi just a little while ago. We are live from the murder scene at 6pm #Abc13https://t.co/0XJmX4Dyld
— Stefania Okolie (@StefaniaOnABC13) March 23, 2019
Houston Police Sgt. Hilario Hernandez shooting motive unknown.
The Houston Chronicle reported a family member having tried and failed to get in contact with Belinda before visiting the home circa noon and finding her body in the kitchen.
Belinda’s 56 year old husband was arrested later that day in the town of Kingville, Texas.
‘We are going to conduct business as usual,’ Pearland police spokesman Jason Wells said. ‘The law is held accountable for everybody, actually more so for (officers).’
Reports told of the victim working as a librarian at Shadycrest Elementary School, the culmination of a goal she’d set for herself years ago after previously attending college without finishing her degree, which she ultimately attained in 2011.
‘I was very happily married; I loved my children. But I always had my one regret. I wished I had gone to college and become a teacher,‘ Belinda said in a 2014 story about how she achieved her dream of becoming a teacher.
Come Sunday, Wells said Hernandez was being returned to Brazoria County from Kleberg County, where he was arrested.
Pearland’s school district issued a statement saying it was ‘deeply saddened’ to learn of Belinda’s death.
‘Mrs. Hernandez was a beloved, longtime employee who worked for Pearland ISD for 15 years,’ Pearland ISD School Board Trustees member Charles Gooden Jr. said in a statement posted on Facebook.
‘Pearland ISD will provide counselors for students and staff for as long as needed. For the privacy of the family, this is the only information tat will be shared by Pearland ISD at this time.’
Belinda and her husband raised two children together during their marriage of more than 30 years.
Wells was unable to provide information on bond or an attorney representing Hernandez.
Offered neighbor, Lucretia Jeansonne, ‘They seemed like just everyday, normal people.’
Not immediately understood is what may have motivated Hernandez in allegedly shooting his wife dead and whether there had been prior instances of domestic violence.
Investigators are now looking for surveillance video that could provide additional details.
#EXCLUSIVE: Accused murderer, Houston Police Sgt Hilario Hernandez, has arrived at Brazoria County Jail. Investigators say he shot his wife dead this weekend and took off. He was found in Kingsville (120 Miles north of Mexico border) #Abc13 I have a live report at 5:30 pic.twitter.com/TkQ97bK7G0
— Stefania Okolie (@StefaniaOnABC13) March 24, 2019