(TX) Home invasion attempt foiled by homeowner with shotgun (or a pistol)


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Drizzt
August 22, 2005, 04:54 AM
Home invasion attempt foiled by homeowner with shotgun
The attackers barged into the victim's apartment, leading to a deadly gun battle.

By Christine Dobbyn
ABC13 Eyewitness News

(8/19/05 - HOUSTON) A southeast Houston furniture store owner says some suspects wanted his cash. But police say those suspects didn't get very far because the owner grabbed his gun and fired.

The owner of the store asked us not to identify him for his own safety. On Thursday night, a woman who has been following him around a lot on deliveries came to his apartment on 75th near Harrisburg.

Through a translator, the store owner told us, "She's been in five times, asking questions about how much it was to wire money from my in-store service."

But instead of answering the door, he ran for his gun in the bedroom. By that time, two armed men barged into his apartment.

The store owner said the men shot once. He fell to the floor and returned fire. The victim unloaded his revolver, striking and killing one of the suspects.

The second man took off along with the woman, leaving their dead accomplice behind.

The victim says they thought he had money at his apartment, but he did not. He says it's not the first time he's been a target.

"I'm always alert because two and a half years ago, I had a jewelry store," he said. "Five men robbed me, hit my son, put a pistol to my neck, and took my gun away."

But this time, he turned the tables on the would-be thieves.

Police are still looking for the second male suspect. They have the female in custody. The store owner will not be charged, police tell us, because they believe he acted in self-defense.

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/news/print_081905_local_invasion.html

The title said shotgun, but the body of the story said he emptied his revolver.

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HighVelocity
August 22, 2005, 05:23 AM
The title said shotgun, but the body of the story said he emptied his revolver.

Must have been a Street Sweeper. ;)

Glad the guy didn't get killed. Three people bust in shooting as you're running for your gun sounds like something straight out of hollywood.

Standing Wolf
August 22, 2005, 05:42 PM
The second man took off along with the woman, leaving their dead accomplice behind.

I guess they weren't Marines.

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