Alleged carjacker shot, killed at southwest Houston apartments


by Marcelino Benito / KHOU 11 News & staff

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 7:18 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 8 at 6:20 PM


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HOUSTON -- An alleged carjacker was shot and killed when his intended victim turned the tables on him early Tuesday at a southwest Houston apartment complex.

"There's always something going on in our parking lot," said neighbor Liana Clementz.

It happened at the Crown Garden Apartments in the 7000 block of Hillcroft at Bellaire around 5:15 a.m. A man said he was walking to his car shortly after 5 a.m. on his way to work. HPD says the man is in training at METRO.

Just as he sat down in the car, he heard a knock on his window. When he rolled it down, he found himself staring right at a gun. The suspect demanded his car. The two began to struggle and the intended victim managed to wrestle away the would-be robber's own gun to shoot the suspect.

"This is the kind of thing I worry about," said neighbor Selena McPhail.

Houston police arrived to find paramedics with the Houston Fire Department performing CPR on the alleged suspect. He was transported to the hospital, but died as a result of his injuries.

Neighbors say they are relieved. They believe the alleged carjacker may be the same person that's struck other people's cars in the complex before.

"They're always breaking in," said Clementz.

Police are not releasing the name of the man who fought back. But neighbors call him a hero.

"He's a good guy," said Clementz. "He was defending himself against the bad guy, and he won."

KHOU did briefly speak with the man who defended himself this morning, he did not want to answer questions, but did say that he is no hero.

HPD has yet to positively identify the man killed. Police say they questioned the man who fought back for hours, but he was released. It will be up to a grand jury to determine if he will face charges.