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Texas homeowner kills suspected burglar in deadly shootout

Police tape (Luiz C. Ribeiro/New York Daily News/TNS)
June 17, 2023

A 60-year-old Houston homeowner engaged in a deadly shootout with two suspected car burglars after watching the men on surveillance cameras trying to break into his fence.

According to ABC 13 Eyewitness News, the Houston Police Department reported that the shooting took place around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday at a residence on Woodway in west Houston.

Investigators into the incident said the 60-year-old homeowner approached the two suspects after watching two men attempting to break into his fence on surveillance cameras. Reports indicates that the shootout occurred when the homeowner approached and addressed the two suspects, telling them to leave his property. The police said at least one of the two suspects pulled out a weapon and started shooting at the homeowner; however, the homeowner was also armed with a gun and shot one of the suspects multiple times.

The police reported that the homeowner was shot in the leg and taken to a local hospital; however, he is expected to recover from the injuries he sustained in the shootout.

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Police said the suspect that was shot multiple times by the homeowner retreated through the fence, stopping at a stairwell, according to ABC 13 Eyewitness News. The suspect was taken to the hospital by first responders, but later died from his injuries.

Investigators still have not determined the location of the second suspect involved in the deadly shootout.

“The other suspect he must have left with a gun because we can’t find the other weapon,” Lt. R. Willkens said. “And he did leave on foot. We have a decent video we’re working with.”

Local police reported several thefts and car break-ins in the area surrounding the incident. Houston police responded to at least seven shootings within 12 hours, three of which were deadly shootings.

The homeowner involved in the shootout told ABC 13 Eyewitness news that it was not his intention to kill the suspect, but acted in order to protect himself and his personal property.

It is not known at this time whether anyone involved in the incident will face charges.