Houston FD captain, woman found dead in 'gruesome scene'

The bodies of Joe Robinson, 38, and Briana Warren, 25, were discovered during a welfare check

Hannah Dellinger
Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON — A Houston Fire Department captain and his wife were found dead in a gruesome scene, as their toddler cried in their Brazoria County home Friday, according to law enforcement officials.

The child’s cries were loud enough for Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office deputies to hear outside the Rosharon home as they performed a welfare check.

A relative requested deputies stop by the home in the 12000 block of Rio Nueces Lane because they had not heard from the family since Thursday night, according to investigators.

Deputies forced entry into the home and found the 1-year-old child unharmed, the sheriff’s office said.

Briana Warren, 25, and Joe Robinson, 38, were found dead, according to media reports.

“Houston firefighters are stunned by the deaths of Joe Robinson and Briana Warren,” the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association said in a statement Friday.

Robinson served Houston as a firefighter for more than 15 years, according to the statement. He worked the B-shift at Station 48.

“This is a terribly sad, but urgent reminder that we should watch out for and take care of our family members and friends in distress,” the statement reads. “Whether for line-of-duty behavioral health issues or other life challenges, help is available - no matter what. Please keep the Robinson and Warren families and everyone affected by their tragic deaths in your thoughts and prayers.”

A Houston Fire District Chief and others wearing HFD shirts were at the scene Friday evening.

Investigators said the causes of their deaths are unknown at this time, but said a weapon was recovered at the house.

The home did not appear to have been broken into, according to officials, and there are no suspects at large.

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