HARRIS COUNTY, Texas –- Deputies said a burglary suspect was shot dead by his own gun after dropping it while trying to escape the scene of an alleged crime early Thursday.
According to deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting happened around 12:50 a.m. on Aldine Bender Road at Miranda Street.
Deputies said three men were breaking into a trailer home in the back of a business property when the male who lives there heard the glass breaking and got up to check out the situation.
The suspects took off running, and one of them dropped his gun. The male who lives on the property picked up the gun, and the other suspects opened fire on him, deputies said. The man returned fire, shooting one of the alleged crooks in the head.
"Well, he got what he deserved," said Steven Hooker, who works nearby.
The suspect died at the scene while the other two got away.
Hooker said he caught three teenagers armed with AK-47 rifles breaking into a nearby home eight months ago. Hooker wonders if those same suspects struck again.
"When you come to think about it, what is there in that trailer that is of so much value to cause that kind of disaster," asked Jeff Mariatte, who also works nearby.
Deputies said the man who shot the suspect lives between a burger restaurant and an insurance company, and he has permission to live there in exchange for keeping an eye on the property.
As is standard, the case will be referred to a grand jury.