Retired HPD employee shoots suspects

December 29, 2008 8:22:57 PM PST
A retired Houston Police Department employee shot two robbery suspects in his front yard and for the first time we are hearing more about the man who pulled the trigger.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The shooting happened just after 2pm Monday on Helmers near Van Molan.

Ron Guillory is the retired HPD employee who shot the two suspects. Mr. Guillory spoke to us through his attorney who says the incident has left the peace officer very shaken.

"I want to shake his hand," said resident Lilian Spies. "When this is all over, I want to shake his hand."

Neighbors who never knew Ron Guillory before the shooting say they understand why the retired HPD employee shot two suspects as they allegedly tried to steal a generator from his front porch.

"I have burglar bars, I have Brinks Home Security, fence around my house, I don't know what else to do to keep them out," Spies said.

Spies says a lock was cut on her fence and someone tried to break down her front door just minutes before the shooting on Van Molan.

According to investigators, the homeowner saw the suspects go back into his yard on monitor linked to a surveillance camera on the front porch. The camera recorded at least part of the incident. Authorities say Guillroy walked out with a handgun.

"Both of the suspects run towards the van, towards the passenger side of the van," said Victor Senties with HPD. "They put their hands inside the passenger side of the vehicle as if they were going to withdraw weapons from there. And the gentlemen, in fear for his life, discharged his weapon, we believe at least six times."

Mr. Guillory is not speaking about the incident, but his attorney told us the retired HPD communications technician is shaken by the event.

"Any individual that has to resort to the use of firearms to protect themselves, they have to feel badly about it," said the victim's attorney Earl Musick. "No matter how deserving other people might think that it is."

As for the suspects, one was shot in the head and was taken from the yard by ambulance to Ben Taub where he is in critical condition. The second suspect managed to drive away but was pulled over by an officer and taken into custody. That suspect was shot in the arm.

Because the victim in the case is a retired HPD employee and licensed peace officer, HPD internal affairs is investigating the incident and the video of the incident is being reviewed by investigators.

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