Deputies shoot burglary suspect in north Harris County

HOUSTON - A suspected burglar was shot by deputies in north Harris County Tuesday, officials said.

Harris County sheriff's deputies said a woman called 911 when she spotted a man climbing over her fence and walking toward a car shortly before 6 a.m. in the 1100 block of Castelon at Veterans Memorial. The caller also said that the man with a gun had been beating on a car, officials said.

"The call came in as an 'in progress,' where the male was trying to climb over a gate," Deputy Thomas Gilliland said. "This is a very large fence in front of his residence. (The suspect's) actions, right now we're still trying to determine. He was trying to climb over ... the homeowner did not know this person."

Three deputies arrived at the home and told the suspect to drop his gun.

"He crouched down behind the vehicle," Gilliland said. "Deputies approached the vehicle with their guns drawn. He came around the side of the car, pointed his gun at the deputies and the deputies fired at the suspect."

The suspect died at the scene. His name was not released, but he was described as being in his 20s.

Someone who lived at the home said they recognized the man because he lived a couple houses away.

No one else was injured.

The deputies involved were identified as J. Suazo and C. Waller, who have been with the sheriff's office for two years, and T. Robinson, a 19-year veteran. They've all been placed on leave and will receive counseling before being cleared to go back to work.

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