Houston News : New details emerge in League City Thanksgiving homicide involving married customs officers

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Dudley Bernard, 40, was arrested and charged with murder in connection to the shooting death of his wife Chauntelle Bernard, 42.

Dudley Bernard, 40, was arrested and charged with murder in connection to the shooting death of his wife Chauntelle Bernard, 42.

Photo: League City Police Department

Photo: League City Police Department

Dudley Bernard, 40, was arrested and charged with murder in connection to the shooting death of his wife Chauntelle Bernard, 42.

Dudley Bernard, 40, was arrested and charged with murder in connection to the shooting death of his wife Chauntelle Bernard, 42.

Photo: League City Police Department

New details emerge in League City Thanksgiving homicide involving married customs officers

A Customs and Border Protection officer charged in the Thanksgiving Day slaying of his wife, a fellow CBP officer, at their League City home shot her multiple times at “point-blank range” in the back of the head, according to court records.

Dudley Bernard, 40, an agriculture specialist who has worked with CBP for more than 10 years, was placed on indefinite suspension by the agency after his arrest by League City police last month.

He is accused of fatally shooting his wife Chauntelle Bernard, a supervisory CBP officer, several times on Thanksgiving night shortly after seeing off guests, according to a Nov. 29 charging document filed in Galveston County.

League City police responded to the home in the 2300 block of Indigo Harbour Lane after receiving reports of gunfire and found the body of Chauntelle Bernard, 42, face-down in the foyer of their home.

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Dudley Bernard, who had earlier called 911 to report the shooting, told police he had “accidentally shot his wife,” according to court records. He later declined to give police a statement.

The woman’s sister, who had been staying with the Bernards that week, told police that shortly after returning to the home from saying goodbye to their guests, Dudley Bernard went back outside to his vehicle to retrieve a weapon. Chauntelle Bernard also armed herself and then locked the kitchen door.

When Dudley Bernard returned to the home, the relative attempted to get between the married couple, pleading for Dudley Bernard “to stop and talk to her,” records show.

But Dudley Bernard went around her and fired his weapon at his wife, who then fell to the floor, records show. He then stood over her and “fired multiple shots point-blank range into the back” of Chauntelle Bernard’s head, authorities allege in court documents. It is unclear what led to the shooting or whether Chauntelle Bernard’s sister was injured in the shooting.

“No words can express the sense of loss SCBPO (Chauntelle) Bernard’s death brings to her colleagues and friends in CBP,” said Yolanda Choates, spokeswoman for the agency. “CBP is fully cooperating with the League City Police Department who is leading this investigation.”

On Dec. 6, CBP and the Texas Department of Public Safety escorted Chauntelle Bernard’s remains home to New Orleans where she was laid to rest, Choates said.

“Law enforcement agencies between Houston and New Orleans joined the law enforcement escort as a measure of solidarity,” she added.

Chauntelle Bernard joined CBP in 2008 and worked her way up the ranks. She was based out of the Houston duty station, officials said.

Dudley Bernard was in jail being held on a $200,000 bond.

 

Michelle Iracheta is a digital reporter in Houston. Read her on our breaking news site, Chron.com, and on our subscriber site, houstonchronicle.com. | [email protected]



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