HARRIS COUNTY, Texas—A homeowner in northwest Harris County turned the tables on a burglary suspect early Thursday when he grabbed his gun and opened fire, deputies said.
Harris County Precinct 4 deputies responded to a shooting call on Sweet Grass Trail near Rolling Creek Drive around 1 a.m.
They arrived to find a man lying in the front yard suffering from a gunshot wound, but they quickly learned, he was no innocent victim.
The homeowner told deputies he shot the man after he caught him trying to break into the back of his house. The homeowner said he heard a noise and went to investigate when he saw the suspect. Words were exchanged, and the homeowner ended up opening fire, shooting the suspect three times.
The suspect still tried to fight, but the homeowner managed to hold him down until help arrived.
Deputies said the suspect is no stranger to the law. They said 23-year-old Guillermo Andrade is a career criminal and a serial burglar.
“This individual is quite well known to police. We have dealt with him before, it is our understanding he just got out of jail about six months ago for burglary, so this isn’t his first path down that way,” an officer said.
Andrade was hospitalized in serious, but stable condition. After he heals from his injuries, he will be hauled off to jail.
A neighbor was also hospitalized after a flying bullet hit her home. The teenager was not hit, but did suffer a seizure. Authorities said fear or shock from the shooting could have possibly triggered the seizure. Overall, she will be OK.
As with any shooting case, the incident will be referred to a grand jury, but no charges were expected to be filed against the homeowner.