A homeowner shot and wounded one intruder while two others escaped along with another possible accomplice in an early morning home invasion Friday in Katy, Texas, police said.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to an “in progress” call at a residence in the Houston-area suburb at about 3:35 a.m.
The male homeowner said three men kicked in his front door. He retrieved a handgun and shot one of the intruders in the arm while “two or three other suspects fled the scene in an unknown vehicle,” an email from the sheriff’s office to Pluralist said.
Deputies found a 21-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the arm at the home. He was transported by emergency medical services to Cypress Memorial Hospital, the HCSO email said.
“HCSO Violent Crimes investigators were contacted and responded to the scene,” the email said.
Charges are pending on the 21-year-old suspect in custody, and police were searching for the other suspects.
Earlier reports quoting an unnamed HCSO sergeant indicated that one of the intruders wore a mask and was shot burglarizing the home.
Another report said the suspect in custody was in stable condition.
The Katy case comes on the heels of two other recent home invasion shootings in which the homeowner shot and wounded the intruder, one in Dallas and the other in Florida.
In Dallas, 72-year-old James Michael Meyer was arrested for murder in September after he was awakened by a man trying to break into his storage shed with a pick ax. Meyer armed his self with a handgun, went outside and confronted the man, warning him not to approach Meyer.
The would-be burglar charged, claimed Meyer, which is when he fired one shot. The man dropped his ax and ran off, police said. Meyer fired a second round “into the night” in the direction of a park.
Meyer then returned to bed. Two hours later, police received a home invasion and dispatched to Meyer’s residence, where they found the would-be burglar’s body behind his home in a park.
In July, two intruders were killed and by a 61-year-old Florida homeowner armed with an AR-15 rifle, who was wounded by the intruders. Two others also were apprehended.
No charges were filed against the homeowner in the Florida shooting.