Thursday, May 13, 2004

Houston, Texas

From Houston's of May 13, 2004:

Police: Homeowner's Gunfire Surprises Armed Home Invaders

Resident Opens Fire On 5-6 Men Who Tried To Break Into Home

Two people are being questioned after one person was killed and another person was injured when a homeowner opened fire on several men who attempted to invade a southwest Houston home late Wednesday night, police said.

Investigators said five to six men, two of them armed with assault rifles, tried to break into a home in the 16000 block of Blueridge near McHard around 11:45 a.m., but quickly fled the scene after two people inside the home opened fire on them.

The alleged invaders dropped their weapons and ran into a nearby field.

According to investigators, the homeowner and another man inside the home picked up the weapons, jumped in a pickup truck and went searching for the suspects. The man pulled over to the back of an open field and waited for the suspects to come out.

The resident reportedly spotted the suspects, chased them down and shot two of them.

One of the invaders died in the field and another person was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical condition, investigators said.Houston police questioned two suspects -- one adult and one juvenile -- tracked down by a K9 unit. One to two more suspects were never found.

Police have not charged the homeowner.

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