Katy Man Shot, Killed by Brother

By George Slaughter

Katy Police Chief Bill Hastings said Monday night that no charges have been filed against a Katy man who shot and killed his brother early Monday morning following a domestic dispute at the family home.

Clifton Achterberg, 34, was shot in the back with a pistol fired by his brother Walter Achterberg, 31. The bullet exited Clifton Achterberg’s chest, and hit their mother, Gail Achterberg, 62, in the arm.

Hastings said Clifton Achterberg died at the scene. Gail Achterberg was taken to a hospital, treated, and released.

Katy police were called to the 5300 block of 11th Street, near Katyland Drive, at 12:40 a.m. in response to the disturbance. Assistant Police Chief Tim Tyler told KTRK-TV that Clifton Achterberg was holding a small sledgehammer and was threatening to hit his mother.

Hastings said Monday night that statements taken at the scene suggested the matter was one of self-defense.

Police will refer the case, which remains open, to the Harris County district attorney’s office, which in turn will refer the case to a grand jury. Hastings said a grand jury will likely respond within a month.