The quiet Baytown neighborhood was woken up Wednesday morning by the sound of gunshots coming from one house.
"They probably were thinking they were coming into an empty house, which they weren't. The grandson was there," said neighbor Barbara Carr.
An 18-year-old man confronted two suspected burglars in his grandmother's home with a shotgun. One of them, Charles Allen Dixon, 40, died at the hospital of his wounds. The second suspect, Michael McDaniel, 26, is in critical condition.
Baytown Police Detective Edgar Elizondo said, "Situations like this, we're going to see this more often because now more Texans arm themselves and we have the right to protect our property."
Police say McDaniel fled the house and called a woman, who along with Dixon's wife, took McDaniel to the hospital in a green GMC pickup truck. Both women are being questioned by police.
McDaniel was convicted of theft just two weeks ago, and has convictions for not having his driver's license and drugs in the past. Dixon had convictions for disorderly conduct, DWI, burglary and trespass.
Neighbors say teen's grandmother is in a nursing home and this was the second time the home was burglarized in a month.
"That's why the grandson was there, I guess, trying to protect what his grandmother had left," Carr said.
Earlier in the morning, before the shooting, another burglary was reported in Baytown and witnesses describe seeing a green GMC pickup. Police are investigating to see if the two incidents could be connected.
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