Homeowner shoots, kills burglar

HOUSTON -- It was 3 a.m. Saturday when a homeowner in the 5000 block of Malmedy near Martin Luther King heard a noise and then the unmistakable sound of glass breaking.

That's when he took action.

"Walked into the kitchen with his gun and observed a man inside his house," said HPD Homicide Sgt. A. Semmelrock.

The owner shot the intruder "an unknown number of times," according to police. When the shooting ended, the man who had burst through the window lay dead on the kitchen floor. The homeowner's sister said the intruder left her brother no choice.

"You have to protect yourself, I mean, you have to do what you have to do to protect yourself," said Keisha McClendon.

The family said not only was the homeowner protecting himself and his property, but also his disabled father who lives with him.

His father is wheelchair bound and diabetic. The family said they are just the latest in their South Park neighborhood that has been targeted by burglars.

"It's a lot of it going around. I mean, they doing it out here real bad," McClendon said. "I was talking to a neighbor this morning. He say they keep stealing from him."

It was the second Houston-area home invasion in which a burglar was shot this week.

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On Wednesday in Atascocita it was broad daylight when deputies said two women used rocks to break the glass near a homeowner's front door. When they came barging in, the homeowner shot them both, critically wounding them.

Many residents are saying they are fed up with home invasions.

"First, the people that's doing it, they wrong for doing it," said Jeff Lang, a friend of the McClendons. "They shouldn't been there in the first place, so I feel like he did the right thing protecting his family."


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