MCSO: Naked man running from imaginary snakes shot by deputy

March 23, 2012 8:39:19 AM PDT
Authorities are investigating after an incoherent naked man was shot by a deputy early this morning.

Just before 4:30am, Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a home on April Hill Drive in the April Sound Subdivision off of State Highwy 105 near Lake Conroe. Deputies were told that a man forced his way into a home and was armed with a shotgun.

When deputies arrived, the suspect came out of the home naked, reportedly with the shotgun raised, pointing the gun at deputies. A deputy fired more than one time from a shotgun, after commands were ignored by the suspect, and struck the suspect one time in the upper shoulder and torso.

The suspect, a 45-year-old resident of April Sound, was taken by emergency services to Conroe Regional Hospital, listed as stable.

Officials say the elderly male resident opened the front door of his home after hearing the suspect banging heavily on it. When the homeowner opened the door, the suspect entered, ranting incoherently about snakes after him. The suspect removed his clothes while inside the home. The homeowner was able to reach a phone and call 911 for help.

The suspect has not yet been charged but could face multiple criminal charges.

The homeowner and deputies were not injured. The deputy will be placed on administrative leave.

Authorities with the Sheriff's Office Major Crimes, Texas Rangers, and the District Attorney's Office are investigating.

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