Motel guest shoots, kills robbery suspect

Police: Motel guest heard window break before grabbing gun

HOUSTON - A man was killed as he broke into a room at a northwest Houston extended-stay motel Thursday night.

Houston police said a motel guest was inside a first-floor room at the Studio 6 Extended Stay on the Northwest Freeway and Rothway Street when he heard glass break about 7:20 p.m.

Detectives said a man broke a window and then broke down the door to the room.

The motel guest grabbed his gun and shot the man several times, investigators said.

The suspect was rushed to Northwest Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he died. His name has not been released.

Other guests at the motel said they had never seen the man before. They said he was yelling about a woman named Nicole.

"He was banging on several doors, but eventually he got to the wrong door," guest Ricky Herness said. "He said, 'Nicole, I know you got Nicole in there. Let Nicole out of there.' He was cussing, emphatic and was delirious."

Herness said the motel guest whose room was broken into warned the man.

"This guy is like a pit bull, fighting and mad," Herness said. "(The motel guest) was hiding behind their bed saying, 'Don't come in here, sir. I have a gun.' Thank God they had a gun. No telling what he would have done."

The motel guest and a woman inside the room were not hurt. Investigators have not said if the woman inside the room was the woman the man was apparently trying to find.

The case will be referred to a grand jury.

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