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.