80-year-old shoots grandson-in-law

CONROE- Police say an elderly man shot his soon to be ex-grandson-in-law to death Friday night during a domestic dispute at the older man’s home on Silver Creek Drive off of Plantation Drive. The pristine brick home on a quiet street in the middle of Conroe was blocked off with crime tape for most of Friday evening as police put the pieces together to try and get a picture of what led to the fatal shooting.
Around 7:30 p.m. Conroe Police officers responded to the residence of 80-year-old Jesse Berwick. Upon arrival, they found the body of 32-year-old Brice Wade Boudreaux, of Willis, lying on the driveway with multiple gunshot wounds, according to CPD Sgt. Bob Berry.
Boudreaux and his wife (Berwick’s granddaughter) were in the process of getting a divorce, Berry said. The preliminary investigation indicated the younger man went to the elderly man’s residence where he attempted to take his two small children, a female toddler and a slightly older male, he said. The children and their mother have lived there for approximately five months and she and Boudreaux were in the process of divorcing, Berry said.
The woman and children were home Friday evening, along with Berwick and his 78-year-old wife.
Witnesses told police Boudreaux became aggressive about taking the children, and Berwick intervened, telling Boudreaux to leave repeatedly. Boudreaux allegedly refused.
Witnesses statements indicated after Boudreaux shoved Berwick twice, the older man went to the bedroom and returned with a handgun in his back pocket, Berry said.
Boudreaux was believed to be aware his grandfather-in-law had a gun, but as the two walked outside the residence, Boudreaux shoved him a third time, and then allegedly struck Berwick in the area of a recently inserted pacemaker.
Apparently fearing for his life, Berry said Berwick shot Boudreaux in the torso area, mortally wounding him.
“The initial investigation indicates (Berwick) was trying to protect his family and trying to get the suspect to leave,” Berry said.
Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Trey Spikes pronounced the man dead and had Metcalf Funeral Directors transport Boudreaux’s remains to the Southeast Texas Forensic Center in Conroe for an autopsy.
Berry said there were prior calls for service at the residence, but did not elaborate on the nature of the calls.
Berwick cooperated with police and was not arrested, Berry said.
CPD will complete their forensic investigation, interviews and witness statements, then forward their findings and the autopsy results to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office for review, he said.
According to Public Data, neither man has a criminal history.