Man keeping watch over neighbor's home shot to death by deputy in Missouri City

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020
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The man approached an unmarked car and raised what appeared to be a pistol at the plainclothes deputy inside, authorities said.

MISSOURI CITY, Texas (KTRK) -- A neighbor keeping watch over a home that had been previously burglarized has died after confronting a Harris County deputy Wednesday morning in northeast Missouri City, authorities said.

It happened around 6 a.m. in the 15100 block of East Ritter Circle in the Fondren Park neighborhood.

The man approached the deputy, who was in an unmarked vehicle, and used his cell phone as a flashlight to look into the vehicle, authorities said. When the deputy rolled down the window, the man raised what appeared to be a pistol.

The deputy fired two shots and struck the man, who stumbled away before collapsing. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The deputy was working with the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force on an unrelated search for a capital murder suspect from Dallas County, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

The weapon involved turned out not to be a firearm. It may have been a BB gun, authorities said.

The deputy wasn't hurt.

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