Homeowner's son shoots robber during gunbattle in southwest Houston


by Kevin Reece / KHOU 11 News & KHOU.com staff


Posted on May 14, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 14 at 6:16 PM

HOUSTON – A home invasion suspect was shot and wounded by a resident Tuesday afternoon in southwest Houston.

Three suspects broke down the door of the home in the 8200 block of Braeburn Valley near Bissonnet.

They shoved the young homeowner’s son into a closet while they rummaged through the house.

The victim got out of the closet, grabbed a gun and confronted the robbers.

"There was a gun battle inside the home," HPD Sgt. Jerri Brandon said.

The suspect missed. The victim didn’t. He shot the suspect twice, once in the leg and once in the neck.

The wounded robber ran to a nearby home where he collapsed, crying for help in Spanish. That’s where Craig Gaddis found him.

"The owner, thank God for rights, he shot one of ‘em. And that’s as far as the guy got, collapsed on the concrete there," Craig Gaddis said. "You know, amen, we got one of them."

The suspect was taken to Ben Taub Hospital for treatment.

The young man who shot him appeared to be struggling with his emotions. But Gaddis had nothing but praise for him.

"He got what he deserved," Gaddis said. "You want to come over here and rob houses? Those of us who do carry guns in our houses, they are there for one reason—to keep you people out, and I’m so happy that someone got him."

Neighbors on Braeburn Valley Drive say they’re fed up with burglars and thieves. They’re ready to protect themselves and each other.

"If my neighbor was getting robbed and they’re coming out of his front door, stuff in their hands, I’ll pull and ask them to ‘Stop, freeze, don’t move,’" Gaddis said. "And if they keep running, I’m gonna shoot ‘em too."

The other two suspects got away in a dark Chevy Tahoe.

Gaddis hopes they got the message and don’t try to come back.

"I say to that guy, ‘Tell your friends what happened to you,’" Gaddis said. "He’s got a wound in his neck that’s gotta hurt—I guess every time he looks left or right. He needs to remember what he did and what the consequences were."