A man who broke into a home in Houston early Sunday died after he was shot several times by the man who found him in his teenage daughter’s bedroom, according to police and multiple reports.
Police said they were called around 2:40 a.m. Sunday to respond to a shooting at a home on North Bellaire Estates Drive.
The homeowner told police he found an armed man in his 13-year-old daughter’s upstairs bedroom after a break-in. The homeowner said he wrestled the gun away from the burglar before firing it multiple times, striking the intruder, according to authorities and the Houston Chronicle.
Police said the burglar, who was not identified, broke into the home through a downstairs window and walked up the stairs to get to the girl’s bedroom. Four children between the ages of 4 13 and 4 were home at the time of the incident, officials said.
Detective Blake Roberts told reporters a neighbor helped get the kids out of the home after the shooting.
“They did observe the suspect downstairs in the residence, stabbing himself … (with) a kitchen knife,” Roberts said, according to KPRC-TV.
Authorities took the injured intruder to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
It was not immediately clear why the home was targeted.
"This appears to be random," Roberts said. “Of course, it's still under investigation. We still have a lot of research to do on the male that broke into the house as far as his criminal history, his mental history and anything we can find in order to determine what would be the motive for this.”
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