Teen allegedly shoots and kills intruder

July 16, 2009 5:05:24 PM PDT
Police have converged on home in northwest Houston where a teenager reportedly shot and killed a burglar. Police were called to that home on Kerrwood Lane near Peppermill around 7:30am. When they got there, they found the suspect dead. He is only a teenager and investigators say he did what he had to do to protect himself.

"He is doing alright right now," said HPD Sgt. Bobby Roberts. "I'm sure within a few hours, in a day or two, he's going to start reliving this."

It was just before 7am when officers say the suspect in the case kicked in the back door of the northwest Houston home. The teen was inside asleep. He woke up when he heard the noise.

"The young man that was inside fled to another part of the room, to the house," explained Sgt. Roberts. "The suspect came in. He was armed with what looked like a pistol. I think it's going to be a BB pistol, but it was like a pistol. I haven't touched it."

Alone and fearing for his life, police say the boy grabbed a small caliber rifle and shot and killed the suspect.

Neighbor Virginia Evans said, "He is good kid, a very good kid."

Evans says just in the year and half she has lived here there been a number of home break-ins and she was not surprised to hear about this one.

"I can't blame him," she said. "I'd shoot him if he was in my house. I kid you not."

By noon, the medical examiner's office had not yet removed the body from the home. The teen has been taken downtown for further questioning by police. The investigation continues. Authorities don't expect to file any charges against the teenager.

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