Officials: Homeowner fatally shoots intruder in NW Harris County


Investigators swabbed Derrick Casson's hands for gunshot residue Tuesday afternoon as they tried to piece together what happened at his northwest Harris County home. They tell us he heard intruders at around 2:00 to 2:30am and that he confronted at least two men, firing an unknown type weapon several times as they fled from him in the house. Neighbors heard the commotion.

"She heard something," recalled neighbor Alejandra Sanchez. "That was like it, but she didn't know what it was or something."

Detectives say Casson told them the men fled from a second story window and that he checked the yard but didn't see anyone. He left for work around 4am and didn't come back till close to 1pm. That's when he apparently discovered the body in his back yard. Investigators say the homeowner was disturbed by what he saw.

Sgt. Robert Spurgeon with the Harris County Sheriff's Office said, "He seems to believe it might be his son, but we're waiting to confirm that."

Outside the home, a sign publicizes a warning: "No trespassing. Violators will be shot. Survivors will be shot again."

For now, detectives say no one is under arrest and no charges have been filed. The identity of the dead man has not been released.

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