Homeowner shot to death during home invasion in northwest Harris County, deputies say

CYPRESS, Texas (KTRK) -- Sheriff's investigators are searching for the suspect who broke into a northwest Harris County home Thursday and shot and killed a 47-year-old man.

It happened around 11:30 a.m. in the 10800 block of Gates Randall Court.

The man has been identified as 47-year-old, Leandro Morales Jr.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said the victim and his wife were at home when the wife reported hearing a sound at the back door. The husband was shot while he was investigating the sound, deputies said.

The wife told investigators she heard a noise at the back door and then she heard a gunshot inside of the house.

Deputies describe the suspect vehicle as a dark Ford Fusion.

A neighbor's surveillance camera captured video of the suspect vehicle.

That neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, said no one is safe from crime, "You live in a nice neighborhood, no matter what precautions you take, nice neighborhoods are always going to be a target so whether it was random or targeted for any particular reason you're only as prepared as you can be."

Sheriff's investigators asking for people in the neighborhood to check their video cameras.
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