HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK/CNN) – A 60-year-old Texas woman shot and killed an intruder during a home invasion, authorities said.
Harris County deputies said two men entered the house through an open garage door and tried to rob the woman, who was at home alone. Both suspects were reportedly armed with pistols.
The woman grabbed her gun and fired multiple shots at the duo, deputies said.
One of the men died from his injuries. The other suspect jumped a fence and ran away.
The homeowner told investigators she did not know the men.
Investigators are trying to determine if this was a crime of opportunity, or if the two men targeted her home specifically.
Some neighbors were upset about the shooting, while others, like Catherine Hanks, applauded her for fighting back.
“In the state of Texas, if you’re gonna get on somebody’s property, you’re gonna get shot,” Hanks said. “That’s just the way we are, that’s Texas.”
Police have not yet tracked down that second suspect.
It’s unclear if he sustained any injuries when the homeowner fired her gun at him.
COLUMBIA TWP, Oh —
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputies say they responded to the 3500 block of Kenoak Lane in Columbia Township at approximately 3:15 a.m., Saturday morning after a homeowner and his family were startled by two intruders who broke into their home.
Police say the homeowner first retrieved a hammer and confronted both men. After a struggle ensued, police say the homeowner then retrieved a gun and shot both men.
The men fled in a vehicle but were located a short distance away in Cincinnati. Both were taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where one is listed in critical condition and the other in stable condition.
Police have not released the names of anyone involved.
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigative Section is investigating and ask the public with any information to call 513-851-6000 or Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.
A 17-year-old girl defended herself with her dad’s gun from a wanted car thief who broke into her home while she slept Monday morning.
When Kimber Wood of Spokane County, Washington awoke, it was to the sound of someone breaking into her home. Luckily, her parents had warned her there was a suspected car thief on the loose in their area, so she had slept with her dad’s gun under her pillow, KHQ reports.
Police say they initially saw a stolen car early Monday morning, but that the suspect evaded authorities and fled on foot. KHQ reported the incident on “The Wake Up Show,” which Kimber’s parents saw before they left for work.
With the gun in hand, the teen hid behind her makeup vanity, waiting for the intruder to come closer. When the man approached her, she pointed the gun at him and demanded that he leave.
An Oklahoma prosecutor said Monday no charges will be filed against a 23-year-old man who fatally shot three teenage intruders in his home, but that the woman who drove them there is being charged with first-degree murder.
Authorities say Zachary Peters was home alone when he shot Maxwell Cook, Jacob Redfern and Jakob Woodruff with an AR-15 rifle on March 27 at his home just outside the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow.
“It is the opinion of this office that Zachary Peters acted justifiably … when he used deadly force to defend his home,” said Wagoner County Assistant District Attorney Jack Thorp. “It was clear he operated completely within the law when he used deadly force,” Thorp later told The Associated Press.
The spellings of the names and the ages of the teens differ in some public records, but Wagoner County Deputy Nick Mahoney said the latest information is that Cook and Redfern were 18 and Woodruff was 15.
Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott said he supports the decision not to charge Peters.
“We support the right of our citizens, the right to bear arms and to defend their homes,” Elliott said. “In this such case, we feel strongly that’s what took place here.”
A suspected burglar was killed early this morning when a 79-year-old man shot him during a home invasion in eastern Jefferson County.
One of the burglars returned fire and struck the homeowner in the ankle, but he is expected to be OK. Authorities have not identified the dead man.
The ordeal began about 1:15 a.m. at a home on Ormond Drive in Center Point.
Jefferson County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Randy Christian said deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress at the home. They arrived to find the elderly homeowner sitting on the front porch of the home.
He was suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg. Inside the home deputies found the adult male suspect suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
The homeowner had been asleep when he was awakened by a noise from his basement, Christian said. Two suspects had forced open a basement window and entered the house.
The suspects continued upstairs and confronted the victim who was still in his bed. One of the suspects ordered him not to move. The victim then grabbed a gun that he kept by his bed and began firing at the suspects.
One suspect fell and the other fled. The victim chased the fleeing suspect out of the house. As the suspect ran across the yard he fired a shot that struck the victim in the leg. He then got into a waiting vehicle driven by a third suspect and fled the scene.
Serial felon Willie Franklin Stith III must have been laying in wait for the female victim to return to her apartment home from work last night around 11:00 PM in Wilmington, NC.
He forced her inside, tied her up, and you can guess what he might have had in store for her next.
She, however, had other plans.
Police say a woman shot and killed a man who broke into her home Monday night and tied her up.
Willie Franklin Stith, III, 35, was killed in the reported home invasion in the 5000 block of Hunt Club Road, off New Centre Drive, according to Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman Linda Rawley. In a news release, Rawley wrote that a woman got home from work around 11 p.m. Monday when Stith forced her inside, beat her and bound her.
The woman was able to free herself and retrieved her gun, shooting Stith once. Rawley wrote that police found Stith near the front door of the home. No charges have been filed in the incident.
Records from the N.C. Department Of Public Safety show Stith racked up more than a dozen convictions between 1998 and 2002 in New Hanover and Cumberland counties, including second-degree burglary, possession of stolen goods, larceny, breaking and entering vehicles and assault on a public official.
Stith was featured in a 2008 StarNews story about local authorities using federal sentencing guidelines to keep armed offenders off the streets. After police searched Stith’s home in 2003 and found heroin, a pistol and a shotgun, Stith pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.
Stith only served 39 months of his 10 year sentence, and was released in September of 2006.
He may not have been able to keep himself out of trouble for the past decade, but the serial felon with a record of gun crimes at least avoided any arrests and convictions.
Last night, his life of violent crime came to an end, permanently.
If someone comes to your home and repeatedly discharges a firearm and you respond by opening fire on them, the usual general presumption is that the person who came to the home and opened fire is the bad guy… so why is the 20-year-old who defended his mother in jail, while the man who brought a gun to the home and opened fire isn’t?
A Christmas day shooting sent one man to the hospital and another to jail.
Deputies said 20-year-old Alex Becker faces assault charges after he fired a shotgun at 43-year-old Jeffery Joseph on Sandspur Lane.
Investigators said Joseph confronted Becker’s mother and fired gunshots. Deputies said in response, Becker grabbed a shotgun and fired at Joseph.
Becker was taken to jail and given a $100,000 bond.
The shooting is still under investigation and deputies said more charges could be pending.