Texas Homeowners Shoot Would-Be Burglar

Pasadena Burglary Suspect Shot
Photo: ABC13 Video Screenshot

Two Texas homeowners shot and wounded a man attempting to break into their Pasadena home. The man is recovering from his wounds in an area hospital.

A man smashing windows in an alleged attempt to break into a home startled the two residents Tuesday morning at about 6:30 a.m. Both people inside the home shot at the burglar – with the same gun, according to Click2Houston.com.

Police are not yet sure how the gun moved from one person to the next and who actually shot the burglar before he could enter the home.

The suspect, William J. Hazel, 43, boasts a lengthy criminal history that includes assault, driving without a license, and driving while intoxicated. He has not yet been charged with the attempted burglary.

“The mother and the son fired the same weapon,” Pasadena Police spokesman Vance Mitchell told the Houston NBC affiliate.

The residents have not been accused of doing anything wrong, but police are investigating to try and figure out why both people shot at Hazel.

The suspect allegedly broke out seven windows in the front of the house during the attack. He was shot at least three times by the residents of the home. He was shot once in the face and twice in or around the buttocks, Click2Houston reported.

Neighbors told ABC13 reporters they heard what sounded like three shots coming from the home next door and then called 911. Apparently, the home was equipped with security cameras that caught the attempted break-in on video. The residents claimed they did not recognize the suspect.

Mitchell told reporters he expects it to be several days before police can interview Hazel about the attempted break-in. He said it is likely that a Harris County grand jury will look into the matter to determine if any laws were broken by the residents who shot Hazel.

One of the family members in the home told ABC13 reporter Courtney Fischer the son fired one shot striking the intruder, and the mother fired several shots.

Hazel was flown by LifeFlight to a Houston hospital and has not yet been charged in the matter.

“It’s just amazing that people do what they do and expect nothing to happen to them,” Robert Lambert told Fischer. Lambert lives a few houses down the street.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas and is a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.


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