Harris County, Texas

From the Houston Chronicle of September 9, 2007

Homeowner shoots suspected intruder

Detectives are questioning a man who shot a suspected intruder early today inside the northwest Harris County home he was remodeling, authorities said.

After the homeowner stopped by the house in the 7900 block of Shady Grove about 7:45 a.m., “he found an intruder inside,” said Sgt. Joe Freeman of the Harris County Sheriff’s homicide division.

In the ensuing confrontation, a suspect in his late teens to early 20s was shot, and subsequently taken to Ben Taub General Hospital, authorities said. His condition is unknown.

Deputies placed paper bags over the homeowner’s hands to preserve any gunpowder residue from the shooting. He wasn’t injured, authorities said.

Detectives haven’t determined if the entry was forced or how long the suspect had been inside.

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