Sunday, August 23, 2009

Ex-Boyfriend Gets Shot In Houston

Houston, Texas

From the August 22, 2009 Houston Chronicle:

A man accused of kicking in the door of his ex-girlfriend's Spring home was recovering from a gunshot wound on Saturday.

Johnnie W. Cunningham III, 31, faces a burglary charge after police say he forced his way into a home in the 7000 block of Treaschwig late Friday night.

While the ex-girlfriend and another man slept, Cunningham began beating and kicking their back door around 10 p.m., said Thomas Gilliland, a Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Through the closed door, the ex-girlfriend told Cunningham to leave.

“He became belligerent, kicked the door open and gained entry to the house,” Gilliland said.

When Cunningham began struggling with the woman, the other man came out of a bedroom with a handgun. He ordered Cunningham to leave several times, but Cunningham continued to shove his former girlfriend, police say.

“At this time, the male occupant fired a warning shot into the ceiling,” Gilliland said. “The suspect again was belligerent and started towards the male complainant. The male complainant fired one time, striking the suspect in the upper chest.”

The shooter called 911 to report injuring an intruder.

Cunningham was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital in critical condition.

The shooter has not been charged, Gilliland said.

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