(TX) Man posing as utility worker fatally shot in county


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Drizzt
June 21, 2006, 04:06 PM
Man posing as utility worker fatally shot in county

By MIKE GLENN

A man pretending to be a utility worker was fatally shot overnight during an apparent home invasion robbery attempt in northwest Harris County, authorities said.

The suspect, who has not been identified, was killed about 1 a.m. while struggling with the homeowner in the 3300 block of Breckenridge.

He was wearing what appeared to be a CenterPoint Energy uniform when he knocked on the door, warning of a gas leak, officials said.

"The homeowner thought that something was amiss because apparently nobody in the area has gas,'' Harris County Sheriff's Lt. John Martin said.

The homeowner grabbed a pistol and went through the garage door, where he encountered the phony utility worker and least two other people.

"One of the suspects jumped him and there was a brief struggle,'' Martin said.

The homeowner was shot once in the arm but was able to return fire, fatally striking the man in the uniform. The other suspects fled in what appeared to be a Chevrolet Tahoe or GMC Denali, authorities said.

Investigators don't believe the man was a legitimate CenterPoint worker. He was wearing a badge that identified himself as a restaurant employee. They also found a pair of handcuffs inside a tool kit he was carrying.

"It was clear he was intent on doing some kind of robbery or home invasion,'' Martin said.

The wounded homeowner was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, officials said.

The incident remains under investigation.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/3989147.html

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Rumble
June 21, 2006, 04:15 PM
I have to applaud the homeowner for having the presence of mind to recognize the wrongness of the "gas leak" comment. I try to be mentally alert as much as I can, but the conditioned response to something like "gas leak" (or other "DANGER!" signal) is strong, and I only hope I would have the quickness of mind to say "wait one second...THAT NOT REAL!"

JesseJames
June 21, 2006, 04:25 PM
Chalk one up for the good guys.

1911Tuner
June 21, 2006, 04:38 PM
Excellent!

'Course...the media and Brady and Company will state for the record that he stood a chance of gettin' hurt much worse because he had a gun in the house.

Oh well...Grab the bull...Get the horn.

1911Tuner
June 21, 2006, 05:08 PM
RKBAman...I was talkin' to a savvy old street cop about that once...about the time it became fashionable. He said if they're in uniform, (Edited out on second thought. Crooks lurk the net too.) Not likely that they'll pay that much attention to detail, and if they do, they figure that you won't.

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