HOUSTON, Texas – Armed Texans stopped two separate burglaries in the Houston area over the Christmas weekend. Both incidents resulted in the burglars being killed.
A homeowner in the Kingwood subdivision heard a window break in the front of his home at about 9:45 p.m. on Christmas Eve. While checking out the broken window, he noticed a suspect inside his home. He quickly contacted his son who was also inside the home with the homeowner’s wife, KHOU CBS11 reported.
The man’s son, grabbed a firearm, encountered the burglar and shot him. The burglar died from his wound at the scene, according to the report.
The suspect, described as a black male in his early 20s, had entered the home at the back of the house, Montgomery County Police Reporter’s Scott Engle wrote. After being shot, the suspect made it out to the back yard where he collapsed and died.
After police arrived, the homeowner reviewed his video security system and learned there was a second suspect, KHOU reported. That suspect was the person who allegedly broke the front window. Police said there were lights on inside the house and cars in the driveway at the time of the burglary. The homeowner and his family were not injured during the incident.
The second incident occurred early on Christmas morning when a Fort Bend County homeowner was alerted to trouble by his home security system. The homeowner went outside at about 4:45 a.m. to see what was going on and observed a young man attempting to burglarize his truck, KHOU reported.
The homeowner, who was armed, said he saw something in the burglary suspect’s hand but could not identify what it was. The suspect then allegedly made a quick move to his waist. Fearing for his life, the homeowner fired at least three rounds.
“I carry weapons and I have a few magazines in the vehicle and I have a holster and I have ammo. A few boxes of ammo,” the homeowner told a KTRK ABC13 reporter. “He had his left hand full of some of my stuff and with his right hand, I was unable to determine whether or not he was putting something into his pocket or if he was pulling something out of his pocket.”
Two of the rounds struck the suspect who died at the scene from his wounds. A third round struck the bumper of a neighbor’s car.
The homeowner expressed remorse for shooting the young man. “I am so sorry,” he told the Houston ABC affiliate. “This was not my intent when I walked outside.”
Police said the deceased suspect was 18-years-old and may have lived nearby. No one else was injured in the incident.
No charges are expected to be filed in either case, police officials stated.