Thursday, July 16, 2009

Texas: NW Houston resident fatally shoots intruder

Spring Branch, Texas

From the Houston Chronicle of July 16, 2009
NW Houston resident fatally shoots intruder

A man was shot and killed in a Spring Branch home this morning in what police believe was a case of self-defense.

Shortly before 7:30 a.m., paramedics received a call that a man was wounded in the 9000 block of Kerrwood, northwest of the intersection of Hammerly and Bingle.

Police on the scene say it appears the dead man was killed trying to rob the modest wood-frame house, which has a visible security camera installed outside.

Neighbors said crime has increased in the area in recent years, mostly break-ins and burglaries.

"It's disturbing, but there's nothing you can do about it," neighbor Terry Vick said, referring to what happened today.

Ginny Evans, who has lived in the area for less than two years, said she was stunned by the shooting.

"I can't blame him. I'd shoot (an intruder) if he was in my house," said Evans, who added that she had given her pistol to a friend but now plans to either ask for it back or buy another one.

"It's real scary, and it's sad," she said.

No arrests have been made and authorities are still on the scene. No other information was immediately available.

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