HPD: Homeowner shoots, kills car burglary suspect

Published On: Aug 03 2012 07:01:36 AM CDT   Updated On: Aug 03 2012 05:04:15 PM CDT
HOUSTON -

A southwest Houston homeowner shot and killed a burglary suspect as he tried to break in to his car Friday, police said.

The shooting happened at about 6 a.m. in the 11500 block of Misty Glen Lane at Vanderford.

Investigators said the homeowner heard some commotion, walked outside and spotted a man with a shovel trying to break in to his car, so he opened fire, shooting the suspect. The man told police that the suspect acted like he was going to beat him with the shovel.

"He heard something outside. He heard a noise. There have been a lot of break-ins in this neighborhood, so he heard a loud noise outside and he came out, pulled a gun and shot the suspect," said Ever Fuentes, the homeowner's brother-in-law.

The suspect, identified as Kyle Miller Jones, 25, was taken to a local hospital, where he died.

"Certainly, as a homeowner, you have the right to protect your home and yourself. That's one of the things that can occur in the state of Texas, and according to the homeowner, at this point, that's what it appears to be," said C. Abbey with the Houston Police Homicide Department.

Police said the suspect and the homeowner did not know each other, and the shovel was stolen from the bed of the homeowner's pickup truck.

The homeowner and his roommate were taken in for questioning. Houston police said the homeowner was in the country illegally and owned a gun, which is against the law.

The District Attorney's Office will decide if charges should be filed. The case will also be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.