Harris County homeowner shoots home invasion suspect

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by KHOU.com staff and Malini Basu & Vicente Arenas / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on May 10, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Updated Thursday, May 10 at 6:03 PM

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas—A northwest Harris County family was terrorized Thursday morning by three home invasion suspects. One of the suspects was shot by the homeowner.

It happened around 8 a.m. at a home in the 10000 block of Waving Field.

"My wife was leaving for school, and my son was on the couch. And he was looking out the window for the school bus," Max Cruz said.

Cruz’s wife had just walked out the door, but she forgot something. Seconds after she came back inside, the three suspects – armed and wearing ski masks—barged in.

"My wife was in the house and said there was a guy with a gun in the house. She handed me my gun," Cruz, who was sleeping when the suspects came in, said.

Meanwhile, Cruz said the suspects grabbed his 12-year-old son and held him hostage in the kitchen.

That’s when Cruz walked up and pulled the trigger.

"As soon as I got to my door, he rushed me, and I shot him," Cruz said.

The suspect was hit in the chest. They all took off running, but the wounded suspect showed up later at Methodist Hospital.

Harris County deputies took that man into custody. The other two were still at large Thursday afternoon.

The family members were shaken, but not injured.

Investigators said they don’t know what the suspects were after.

"It’s way too early in the investigation to ascertain if it’s random, or if they know each other," Lt. Jeffrey Stauber with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said.

Neighbors said they were concerned about the criminal activity in their usually quiet neighborhood.

"This is why I came here, because I never really see police around here," neighbor Isa Martinez said.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspects should call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

 

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