HOUSTON -- A Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Deputy whose son fired an assault rifle after burglars broke into his family's home said his son acted to protect his younger sister.
Deputy Vince Guerra said his 15-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter were home alone when a man and a teenager broke into their Northwest Harris County home on June 29.
"They drove up, the neighbors said, like they were visiting," he said. "They came in through the back window, and that's when my son took action, because they were inside the house."
Guerra said the most recent break-in was the second at his home in seven weeks.
"I've always talked to [my children] about safety and security in the house," he said, "Especially when I'm not at the house. I tell them that he has to protect his sister and mother."
Kinzy Evans, one of the men the Harris County Sheriff's Office said broke into Guerra's home, was shot at least three times.
He is being held at the Harris County Jail on a burglary charge.
The teenager accused of breaking into the home with Evans was turned over to juvenile authorities and was also charged with burglary.