HPD: Intruder shot during home invasion

March 4, 2011 3:51:21 PM PST
Police were called out for a shooting Friday morning at a townhome complex in southwest Houston. That's where a homeowner says he shot an alleged intruder. The homeowner there says he keeps a shotgun loaded and nearby for just such a scenario, that you never know when you might need it.

At 10:45am, the 911 call came from the Westwood Gardens Townhomes. Inside, police say a woman was hiding in a closet, fearful because an intruder was inside.

"When I went in, I saw the door was broken," said the homeowner, who didn't want to be identified. "I saw the glass was shattered."

The homeowner says he got there first. The woman, police say, called him from the closet, too. He tells us he quietly got a shotgun from his closet and confronted the intruder upstairs.

"You have somebody in the house. You don't know if he has a gun, a knife," the homeowner said. "You don't know if he's gonna attack you, what's gonna happen."

The homeowner says that's when the burglar jumped from the second story window. Police say he broke his ankle when he hit the concrete patio below. The homeowner ran down and held him at gunpoint, but insists the man wouldn't hold still.

"I told him to stay down," said the homeowner. "He didn't."

"Then what did you do," we asked.

"Shot him," said the homeowner.

He says he held the burglar then until police arrived, and that inside the man's pockets they found stolen items from his townhome including jewelry and cash .

The intruder was taken to Memorial Hermann Southwest for treatment. Police say his injuries are not life-threatening.