FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas An off-duty deputy who also serves as a deacon opened fire on a man who was breaking into cars outside a Fort Bend County church overnight, officials said. The pastor of the church where it happened wants to help the suspect and hopefully brighten his future.

The deacon and several other church members were cleaning inside the Living Word Faith Center on W. Fuqua near Fondren late Tuesday when a parishioner went outside and spotted someone breaking into their cars. The deacon, who is a deputy for the Harris County Sheriff s Office, also went outside and saw the suspect.

The deacon said the suspect ran and got something out of his car. The deacon, fearing for his life, fired five or six shots at the man who then ran away on foot, leaving his vehicle behind.

There were several backpacks recovered. It looked like this individual had been breaking into several vehicles. Also the deputy s own truck had been broken into, said Thomas Gilliland, Harris County Sheriff s Office. We ll run the VIN and find out exactly if the car is registered to anyone and go with the investigation from there.

Even if authorities do not find the suspect, Pastor John Hickman is hoping the suspect will return on his own so he can see a different path is possible.

Now what s strange, Andrew, is that I would like to get a chance to know him and to save that young man. He probably has a great future ahead of him, he just doesn t know it, Pastor Hickman told KHOU 11 News.

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