HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – A homeowner is being questioned by deputies after he admitted to killing a young woman who he says allegedly broke into his home.
The homeowner says he shot the girl because she broke in. The girl's mother has identified her as 14-year-old Layla Ramos.
According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, it happened just before 5:20 a.m. in the 19900 block of River Brook Drive.
The homeowner called 911 to report the shooting.
“The homeowner of this residence was stating to the call taker that a person had entered his home and was in his residence. He was in his home armed with a weapon. Fearing that his home was being burglarized, he did discharge that weapon striking the person that was inside the home,” said Thomas Gilliland, Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Layla's mother, Alana Mock, insists her daughter did not break in.
She says her daughter left to meet up with the homeowner and his son Wednesday night. Mock says she kept calling her daughter all night but her phone would go straight to voicemail.
“Layla has had some problems, but she just got out of rehab. She was doing so good. I told her to stay away from this guy. We’ve had trouble with him before. I’ve dragged her out of the house before,” said Mock.
Harris County deputies are saying this is a complex case and even hours into this investigation, they don't have a clear understanding of what happened.
The homeowner is being interviewed and it is unknown if the homeowner will face any charges. Investigators have the gun that was used in the shooting.
“We’re dealing with a homicide. We’re dealing with the death of a young female. We have to take our time. We have to make sure things are done correctly, by procedure, and by policy. We’re not going to rush anything,” said Gilliland.
Layla used to live in the neighborhood where the shooting happened but her mother says they recently moved. The teenager was about to start the eighth grade.