Katy area man arrested for the alleged murder of his wife in domestic dispute

By R. Hans Miller, News Editor
Posted 7/31/21

Harris County law enforcement officers have arrested Lawrence Reed, a resident of the Katy area, for the Thursday evening shooting death of his wife, Valerie Junius, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez …

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Katy area man arrested for the alleged murder of his wife in domestic dispute

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Harris County law enforcement officers have arrested Lawrence Reed, a resident of the Katy area, for the Thursday evening shooting death of his wife, Valerie Junius, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez announced via social media. The shooting appears to be the result of ongoing domestic issues between the couple.

“The deceased female was identified as Reed’s wife. The motive for the shooting appeared to be an ongoing domestic disturbance between Reed and Junius. Two other family members, a 16-yr-old male & a 21-yr-old female, both children of Junius, were also wounded in the shooting,” Gonzalez said.

The incident occurred in the 2700 block of Roaring Oaks Lane southeast of the intersection of Morton and North Mason roads. Officers responded to a call at about 8:40 p.m. where Reed had barricaded himself into his home. Gonzalez said a SWAT team was called to help with the situation and Reed later surrendered to them without further incident.

Junius's two children, a 16-year-old boy and 21-year-old woman are recovering from non-life-threatening injuries as of Saturday morning according to an update from HCSO.

Reed is currently being held at the Harris County Jail and is charged with one count of Aggravated Assault of a Family Member, one charge of Aggravated Assault of a Family Member with a deadly weapon, and one count of murder. Bonds for those charges exceed $1 million. He is also being held for an unrelated traffic violation.

A court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 2 according to Harris County Jail records.

“Our condolences go out to the family. Our gratitude to all HCSO personnel that responded to the scene, including  EMS and our partners at Harris County Pct 5 Constables Office,” Gonzalez said.

Editor's Note: An update on the condition of Junius's children has been appended to this report.