Homeowner guns down alleged truck thief with rifle at NW Harris County home

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A homeowner shot and killed an alleged thief who tried to either break in to or steal his pickup truck (KTRK)

A homeowner shot and killed an alleged would-be thief this morning in northwest Harris County.

It happened in the drive way of a home in the 12000 block of Oak Park Drive and Long Oak Drive.

Harris County detectives say the homeowner shot and killed the suspect who may have been breaking into a pickup truck.

The suspect died in an ambulance after being picked up by paramedics.

Deputies say around 4:30am the homeowner opened fire on the suspect.

Eyewitness News watched as Harris County Deputies took a hunting rifle with a scope out of the home and into evidence.

Authorities also towed away a blue pick up truck that was parked down the street. Deputies say that truck belonged to the suspect.

Authorities were out all morning, but did not give many details about what happened here.

Those who live nearby say this is usually a very quiet subdivision.

Resident Michelle Masters said, "Never anything in this neighborhood, It's quiet and nice. I'm staying with my mom right now and she has lived here for over 14 years and she has never had any problems here."

As for the homeowner, we do not know if the case will be referred to a grand jury, but we can tell you the man left with his family and was not in custody.

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