A Houston, Texas homeowner is relieved he had a gun when three masked and armed burglars broke into his house, which is shared with about a half-dozen other people. At the time of the break-in, the homeowner was there with one of his roommate’s sons.
The three burst in and were able to tie up the homeowner’s wrists and ankles, after which they ransacked his place. The homeowner took an opportunity to grab his gun while they were all three out of the room briefly. When they re-entered, he shot at two of them multiple times, causing all of them to flee. The two whom he shot were transported to the hospital for surgery. ABC-13 reported:
A Katy homeowner pulled out a gun and started shooting to defend his home from two burglars, and he’s talking to ABC-13 about it.
According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, three armed men stormed into the home on Roaring Oaks near State Crossing at about 1pm Thursday.
The homeowner spoke to Eyewitness News and says he lives in the home with five friends. He was there along with a roommate’s son. As he worked on his computer he says two of the masked, armed men burst through the door and tied up his wrists and ankles.
“I looked up once 15 minutes into it and the guy said if you look up again we’ll kill you,” the victim said.
He was able to scoot to the gun safe and get his gun when they left the room for a few minutes.
“I had the gun and pointed it at the door and the door opened. I unloaded on them,” he said.
Officials say the victim hit two of them before they fled.
“The first unit did arrive and was able to engage one of the suspects and take him into custody, while another did flee and was later found a block and a half away,” said Sgt. Rico Castillo with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
The homeowner says he kept thinking about his five-year-old daughter.
“A part of me wishes I killed them and a part of me wishes I could forgive them and they turn their lives around,” said as he reflected on the frightening experience.
Deputies on the scene say they have no reason to believe this home was targeted. The homeowners were shaken up but otherwise unhurt.
The two suspects were taken to hospitals where they underwent surgery. The search continues for the third suspect.
I understand the guy’s internal conflict about killing them. But, I think it would have been better that these guys had died. Now, the taxpayers are going to foot the bill for their medical care, and for their room and board at the county jail.