A pastor from Houston and his wife were the victims of a break-in on Saturday but the couple both fired at the intruder, killing him.
Pastor Jeff Powers said at around 11 p.m., he and his wife retrieved their guns after hearing some noises around the back door of their home attached to the United Methodist Church, then fired multiple rounds at the intruder who eventually kicked in their door, according to Click 2 Houston News.
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“He did gain entry into the residence by breaking in. At that point, they discharged their weapons several times at him and struck him,” a police investigator said.
Police said that after the couple shot the intruder, they went outside and laid their guns down and waited for police.
First responders confirmed the intruder died at the scene and police do not expect the couple to face any charges, but the Harris County Grand Jury will make the final determination.
The name of the suspect has not yet been released. An investigation is ongoing and police are reviewing neighborhood surveillance cameras to gather more information.
Powers issued his final sermon at Westminster United Methodist Church the day after the shooting, and will rotate to another church, as typical for United Methodist ministers, Shannon Martin, a spokeswoman for the United Methodist Church in Texas, told ABC News.
The United Methodist Church said Powers and his wife are “mourning the loss of life and cooperating fully with authorities.”
Just a couple weeks ago in Houston, another homeowner made headlines for fatally shooting an intruder.
Rapper Bun B shot a masked intruder who entered his residence after confronting his wife at the door, Fox News reported.
The rapper, who was upstairs at the time, heard a commotion in his garage and went down to see what it was. Bun B and the intruder had an exchange of gunfire.
The intruder received a gunshot wound, but fled the scene. Bun B and his wife were uninjured.
Later, when the suspect went to the hospital for treatment of his gunshot wound, Bun B was able to identify 20-year-old DeMonte Jackson as the intruder.
Jackson was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and one count of burglary.
Also, in April and in southwest Houston, a home intruder was fatally shot in the head.
Three suspects broke into the home while the father was there with two daughters. When the suspects entered the home, the girls were able to hide but the father was pistol-whipped.
While the home was being ransacked the mother and her son showed up and the son was able to retrieve a gun and shoot one of the intruders in the head, killing him.