HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- A deputy responding to a possible home invasion shot the father of the resident living in the home, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
It happened around 7:40 p.m. on Thursday in the 800 block of Darbydale Crossing Lane near Ella Boulevard in north Harris County.
According to HCSO public information officer Jason Spencer, deputies received a call from a woman who said she heard noises coming from downstairs and believed someone was trying to break into her home.
Spencer said around the same time, she called her father, who lives nearby. The father then drove to her home, according to Spencer.
"There was some sort of an encounter at which time one of the deputies discharged his firearm, striking the male in the leg," said Spencer.
Spencer said when deputies arrived, the father's pickup truck was parked in the yard on the grass.
"They encountered the man at the front door," he told ABC13. "It was a somewhat chaotic situation. There were multiple people inside the home."
The sheriff's office says the deputy was not injured. The man was taken to the hospital for treatment.
"Officers don't know, when they're arriving, who's a good guy and who's a bad guy," said Spencer. "They don't know when they walk up to a scene who's who. Anything you can do, as a citizen, to identify yourself and to comply with deputies is a good thing."
The incident will be investigated by the Harris County Sheriff's Office homicide unit, its internal affairs division and the district attorney's office.