HARRIS COUNTY, Texas—A burglary suspect was shot to death Thursday morning after allegedly breaking into a Houston police officer’s home.
The shooting happened around 9:30 a.m. in the 500 block of West Road in northwest Harris County.
The off-duty HPD officer said he was sleeping when three men broke into his home. Witnesses heard gunshots and said the officer ran outside holding a gun and handcuffs.
"He was running in his boxer shorts, chasing and telling him to stop," said Adrian Barajas, a neighbor.
"At one point, in between the two buildings, one of the suspects had a gun and turned and pointed the gun at the officer and, in fear of his life, that’s when he opened fire," said Deputy Thomas Gilliland with the Harris County Sheriff’s office.
"All of a sudden, I heard boom, boom, boom, boom," said Troy Evans, a neighbor. "I was, like, ‘Oh my God, what was that?’ Then I heard another round. I told my daughter to hit the ground."
One suspect was pronounced dead a Houston hospital.
Authorities placed two nearby Aldine ISD schools, Gray Elementary and Stehlik Intermediate, on lockdown during an intense manhunt.
A man who later showed up at the hospital to check on his cousin was taken into custody. Deputies believe he is one of the burglars. His cousin was the teen shot and killed by the officer.
The third suspect remained at large Thursday evening.
The unidentified officer has been with HPD for six years and he works out of the southeast substation.