Atascocita, Texas

From Click2Houston of July 24, 2007

Deputies: Homeowner Shoots Drunken Intruder

A homeowner shot a man who broke into his Atascocita home early Tuesday, officials told KPRC Local 2.

Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constables said the homeowner’s wife heard a noise outside their home on Devlin Drive near Match Play Drive at about 2:45 a.m.

Detectives said the man, who is partially blind and hearing impaired, appeared to be intoxicated.

The man claimed the home was his and argued with the homeowner, officials said.

“The homeowner discharged one round from a shotgun with a birdshot, giving the intruder a superficial wound to the side of the head,” Lt. Michael Young said.

Deputies said the man lives in the area and this was not the first time he has entered a wrong house.

“Apparently this individual has done this before, based on some statements from his family members,” Young said.

The man, believed to be in his 40s, was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.

Investigators have not said what charges the man may face.

The homeowner, his wife and two daughters were not injured.

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