Homeowner fatally shoots alleged ax-wielding man in Montgomery County


A homeowner told Montgomery County Sheriff's Office deputies that he had no choice but to use deadly force when a man came onto his property with an ax.

It happened around 11:30pm Friday at a home in the 16200 block of Suzanne near Plaster Circle.

When deputies arrived at the home they found a 40-year-old man shot in the chest. He was taken by ambulance to a Conroe hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The homeowner told deputies he was inside the house with his wife and children when the man drove a pickup truck onto his property. Investigators said there was a disturbance involving the 40-year-old shooting victim at a nearby residence before he drove his vehicle through the homeowner's yard.

The homeowner came outside and got into a yelling match with the man, who was reportedly making threats to the family.

That's when deputies said the suspect walked back to his truck and grabbed an ax, then allegedly came after the homeowner.

The 35-year-old homeowner armed himself with a gun and fatally shot the suspect in the chest. The man fell to the ground just inside the fence.

No names have been released.

"The homeowner was on his property with his family and small children," MCSO spokesperson Dan Zientek said. "At the time this disturbance occurred, we don't have any indication that the homeowner knew this person or had any relation with this person."

The investigation is ongoing. No charges have been filed against the homeowner.

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