Homeowner shoots alleged burglar multiple times outside Crosby home

A suspected burglar was shot by a resident after allegedly breaking into several homes and cars on one street.

HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS - HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS - A burglar went house to house in Crosby breaking into everything he could find until one homeowner shot him multiple times, deputies in northeast Harris County say.

The critically wounded suspect, who is a 31-year-old white man, was taken by Life Flight to the medical center.

Witnesses told authorities it all started with the man smashing windows in the 100 block of Spanish Trace.

Around 2 a.m. he broke the window on a homeowner's pickup, so a neighbor came outside with his gun drawn.

"He said that he was training and I said 'training for what at two in the morning?'" said neighbor Mike Hathaway. "And I was armed, and I took another step at him, and he told me, 'Don't do that. Don't do that'"

Neighbors said the suspect, who is very fit, could "run like a deer" and fled the scene.

A couple hours later, the alleged burglar came to a home down the street where he apparently broke out the glass on the front door. That's when the homeowner inside shot him five times.

At the scene, deputies questioned the homeowner and tested his hands for gun powder residue.

Deputies said he will not face charges, because he was protecting his family and property.

Charges are pending against the suspect who remains in the hospital.

(© 2016 KHOU)


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