Derwyn Lauderdale

Derwyn Lauderdale (Photo from Fort Bend ISD website)

A football coach at a local high school has died after being shot at a Fort Bend County sports complex Saturday afternoon.

The Rosenberg Police Department said the victim has been identified as 29-year-old Derwyn Lauderdale, who was a first-year wide receivers’ coach at Travis High School in Richmond, according to Fort Bend ISD’s website.

The shooting happened at Rosenberg’s Seabourne Creek Regional Sports Complex at 3701 Fountains Dr. during a youth sporting event, according to Rosenberg PD. Police said the alleged shooting suspect is 28-year-old James Hamilton of Houston, who has been arrested.

Rosenberg PD said in a news release that officers were dispatched to the complex Saturday afternoon after multiple 911 calls saying a male, later identified as Lauderdale, had been shot in the abdomen. Lauderdale was later transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

“What a sad set of circumstances that took place during this event. Children came to play a game they love, only to have it ruined,” Rosenberg Police Chief Jonathan White said in a news release. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this tragedy and we will pursue appropriate charges so justice may be served.”

Police said the complex had been rented out for youth football events, which is believed to be why both men were there. Multiple witness descriptions led to Hamilton being identified as the suspect, according to Rosenberg PD, and police said he was later allegedly found in possession of a handgun reported stolen to the Houston Police Department. According to police, Lauderdale and Hamilton had an “ongoing family dispute.”

Harris County court records show Hamilton has previous convictions in the county for violation of a protective order and terroristic threats.

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