HFD: Firefighter fatally shot by woman outside Montgomery County

The man, who is a firefighter, was shot through the door after showing up at his neighbor's home
March 18, 2014 2:58:09 PM PDT
A 64-year-old woman opened fire and killed a man she says was trying to get into her Montgomery County home. According to an HFD spokesperson, that man happened to be a Houston firefighter and he may have been at the woman's house by mistake.

According to investigators, a 64-year-old woman was home alone on Monday night when she says she heard a noise and saw a man outside. Deputies say the woman claims she told that guy to leave and shot him twice as he attempted to enter the house.

"(The) person then attempted to gain entry into the house," said Sgt. Dan Zienteck with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. "She fired twice through the door, striking the person. The sheriff's office and EMS responded. The suspect was taken to Ben Taub Hospital and was pronounced dead at the hospital."

We've learned the man was her neighbor, Samuel Keen, 27. Detectives say the three year veteran Houston firefighter was out drinking with his friends at a bar in south Montgomery County Monday night. They say he took a taxi home and they believe he was intoxicated when he approached his neighbor's home.

Keen was pronounced dead at Ben Taub Hospital.

Neighbors say Keen and his wife, who is also a Houston firefighter, have only lived in the area for about six months. They describe the couple as very friendly and helpful.

"They've lived here only a short time, maybe six to eight months," said neighbor Bob East.

Neighbors add there weren't any disturbances between Keen and the woman who shot him.

"She kind of kept to herself," East said. "She has, I believe, a son who lives with her, a younger man, maybe 20 or so, maybe a little older than that that, would walk the dog. Very pleasant. I'd see her, wave to her, things like that."

Investigators say at this time the homeowner who fired the shots is not facing charges. The case will be forwarded to the Montgomery County grand jury.

A spokesman from the Houston Fire Department told me their prayers are with the family of Samuel Keen right now.

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