Intruder shot by homeowner escapes

Wounded, the suspect escaped but left his bicycle behind

March 26, 2011 4:58:00 PM PDT
Deputies are seaching for the man who broke into a home overnight in north Harris County. The suspect got away, but made a run for it with a gunshot wound. "Don't move" is what Gerald Garrett says his neighbor yelled after waking up around 1am to a noise, grabbing his gun and finding a burglar running through his north Harris County home

"I heard him come in there and told him, 'Hey who's in there?'"

That homeowner didn't want to speak on camera, but told Eyewitness News he repeatedly told the suspect to stop or he'll shoot.

When the man -- believed to be in his late teens or early 20s -- ran toward the window Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies say he broke into, the property owner said he fired, hitting the suspect in the buttocks

"Well, now I feel scared," he said.

The homeowner said he held the man on the floor at gunpoint. He said he was surprised when the suspect handed him a cell phone and asked him to call 9-1-1. With authorities on the way, the property owner made a quick turn to unlock the door. That's when he says the suspect made a run for it.

"He was moving. I didn't know what he was doing. He hit the fence pretty hard. You could hear him."

Wounded, the suspect escaped but left his bicycle behind.

Still, some residents are applauding their neighbor and offering a stern warning to any other criminal planning a job in this neighborhood.

"I say 'congrats.' I think he should have shot a little high so the guy couldn't get away. Most of us down on these streets are starting to get guns and we'll take care of it ourselves one way or another."

HCSO deputies are checking with local hospitals to see if the suspect shows up there. The homeowner was not injured and he is not expected to be charged for this shooting.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. All tipsters remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.