Thursday, October 8, 2009

Texas: Homeowner Shoots, Kills Burglar

Houston, Texas

From Click2Houston of October 5, 2009
Homeowner Shoots, Kills Burglar

A northwest Houston homeowner shot a burglar after he found him inside his home Monday morning, police told KPRC Local 2.

Investigators said the homeowner, Mark Brown, returned to his house in the 8500 block of Norton at about 9:30 a.m. when he heard someone inside.

Brown grabbed a shotgun hidden under a bed and found the burglar in a bedroom, police said.

The homeowner fired several shots after the burglar rushed at him from a closet. The burglar was hit three times, according to investigators.

The burglar, whose name was not released, died at the scene.

Milton Brandt has lived on Norton for 50 years. He called 911 after the shooting.

"I just talked to (Brown) a while ago. He's upset, sure he is," Brandt said. "He walked in the door and said all the lights are on."

Brown said he felt lucky that the burglar did not find the shotgun.

"The guy had already ransacked his bedroom and just so happened that God bless him, and he didn't find the shotgun under the bed," said David Brown, the homeowner's father.

"It's obvious it's been burglarized. There's disarray inside. It's a neat, well-kept home and you walk inside and obviously see piles of personal items set out in preparation of being taken -- drawers open, cabinets pulled out, etc.," said Detective C Elliott of the Houston Police Department.

Brown was not injured.

The case will be referred to a grand jury without charges.

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