HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – Deputies confirm a resident fatally shot a home invasion suspect near Tomball early Thursday.
Around 2 a.m. a 911 call came in from the 19200 block of Juergen Road in northwest Harris County.
The five adults inside the home told deputies they woke up to the sound of their front door being kicked in. The homeowner, Lorenzo Martinez, was the first to encounter the intruder in a hallway.
“My dad woke up and said, hey what are you doing here,” recalled daughter Naarai Olvera. “The guy just turned around, he was in his underwear, he just turned around and he started hitting my dad and he hit my mom and my brother woke up. My brother said, I tried to stop him from hitting mom, but he just kept hitting her and hitting her. And he was saying, I was trying to take him off, but I couldn’t.”
That confrontation led to a struggle between the intruder and multiple residents of the home, including Martinez’s wife, Gloria. Deputies say the couple had some cuts and scrapes from the attack.
Their son was also scratched up in the fight with the intruder as he tried to protect his parents, Martinez’s daughter said.
“We don’t know where he came from. Don’t know his identity at this point,” Sgt. Felipe Rivera, with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, said. “According to the homeowner, he might have been high on some kind of narcotic.”
Rivera did say the intruder was only wearing his underwear when he was killed. Sheriff’s deputies describe the suspect as a black man who was either in his 20’s or 30’s.
“He was still in the house fighting, basically. He wasn’t running from anybody. He was attacking,” said Rivera of the intruder.
Olvera says the intruder grabbed the televisions inside the home and flung them at the family before he made a move toward the bedroom where three young children, ages 10, 8 and 5, were sleeping.
That’s when Olvera says her brother-in-law grabbed his gun and fired a warning shot into the air. But the intruder kept attacking the family. So Olvera says her brother-in-law shot the intruder in the chest, twice.
“I was so against having guns at home, but now I’m so thankful that he had one. Because I don’t know what would have happened if they didn’t have it,” said Olvera. “We’re a Christian family. We don’t believe in killing anybody. But we had to do what we had to do to protect our family and protect our little kids.”
“We have no history on the house. No suspicious vehicles that we know of. No suspicious activity that we know of,” said Rivera. “So therefore, that’s what we’re looking at as just a random, could have been anybody’s house, basically.”
Lorenzo Martinez is also a local pastor. He reportedly holds church services in his home.