HOUSTON – Houston police are investigating after they said a homeowner shot and killed an intruder in southwest Houston Thursday.
It happened in the 2200 block of Naomi Street around 1 a.m.
Police said when they arrived at the scene, they located a man who had been fatally shot.
According to investigators, a homeowner was asleep on the second floor when he heard the back door’s glass break. The intruder then entered the home and made his way upstairs into the homeowner’s bedroom, police said.
The homeowner, seeing the intruder, discharged his weapon and shot the suspect in the neck. The intruder then ran, officers said.
Investigators said the intruder knocked on a neighbor’s door saying he had been shot before collapsing a few houses down from the scene and dying.
According to neighbor Jaylon Ross, the suspect was initially trying to get into his house and keyed his car. The suspect then went next door, where he was shot.
Ross said the incident was traumatizing.
“I kept asking, ‘Who is it? Who is it?’” Ross said. “He was like, kind of leaning and not answering. He didn’t show his face but reaching for something.”
Ross, who has a newborn at home, told KPRC 2 he watched as the man jumped the gate in his backyard then run to other houses in the neighborhood.
“Once you heard the screaming it’s like, something’s going on,” Ross said.
Ross is thankful the suspect wasn’t able to get inside his home.
“Whatever he had, I just thought, ‘How do I defend myself?’ You know, and the police didn’t come until 10 plus minutes later, so it would have been too late,” Ross said.
Police said they are not sure if the intruder was armed. The homeowner will likely not face charges, officers said.