Monday, February 9, 2004

Houston, Texas

From the Houston Chronicle of February 9, 2004:

Suspected burglar killed by shop owner

A business owner fatally shot a suspected burglar during a break-in at a machine shop in northeast Houston, police said.

The shooting occurred about 6:15 a.m. Sunday at Rose Machine and Fab., 9031 Ley. The owner told Houston police he began living above the shop after previous burglary attempts.

After an alarm sounded Sunday, the owner went downstairs armed with a shotgun. He confronted a man in the shop and fired once as the intruder came toward him, police said. The intruder was hit in the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators didn't know the name of the suspected burglar late Sunday. The shooting will be referred to the Harris County Grand Jury without charges, police said.

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