LEAGUE CITY, Texas — Police say a man was shot multiple times in League City Thursday and later died. They say it happened after robbery suspects followed his wife and him all the way from the Galleria area.
Jeffrey Johnson, 58, died at the hospital overnight following the robbery at his home Thursday night.
It happened around 11:20 p.m. in the 1500 block of Waterside Drive in League City. At that time, police said they received call of a possible robbery.
When police arrived, they say they found Johnson with multiple gunshot wounds inside a garage. Witnesses reported seeing three males with masks and dark clothing run from the scene.
Police said Johnson and his wife were followed from the Capital Grille on Westheimer all the way to their home in League City Thursday night, about a 38-mile trip.
"It's more likely that they were outside watching for someone to come out. That maybe they thought they be able to get something from them," said John Griffith, public information officer with League City.
But police say it wasn’t easy to get inside the community where the couple lives. They say the thieves had to drive through this parking lot and a grass median to get past this gate. Then, they say, the thieves had to get over a second gate.
"At the second gate, they weren’t able to enter. They parked over the corner and hopped fences as he was in his garage," Griffith said.
Police said Johnson’s wife was already inside their home when the thieves arrived.
"It appears the victim fought back at which time he was shot," Griffith said.
Johnson was taken to the hospital where he later died.
Police said the three suspects left with nothing.
"It was probably a robbery. But between the struggle, the noise that was made, there were witnesses in the neighborhood that heard gunshots. The suspects fled," Griffith said.
Police hope this reminds people to be more cautious when they go out.
"The biggest thing that you can do is to be aware of your surroundings. Crime can happen anywhere, and these people were followed for a long time," Griffith said.
Police released images from surveillance video they say shows a white Ford SUV following the victims into their subdivision. It's believed the suspect vehicle followed the victims from Houston and attempted to rob them at their home.
Investigators are asking nearby residents to check their surveillance videos to see if anything related to the fatal shooting was caught on their cameras.
The police department said Johnson was very loved in League City. He was involved in his community and very generous, always helping lots of organizations.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the League City Police Department at (281) 554-1882.