Texas grandmother shoots and kills home intruder

KATY, TX – Two intruders who attempted to rob a 60-year-old grandmother Monday morning were met with gunfire from the victim, resulting in one dead suspect and one who jumped a fence and is still on the loose.

A neighbor, Catherine Hanks, explained it this way: “In the state of Texas, if you’re gonna get on somebody’s property, you’re gonna get shot. That’s just the way we are, that’s Texas.”

The invasion occurred in the Sundown neighborhood, where the 60-year-old woman lives in a rental home with several other people, but she was home alone at the time intruders walked in on her Monday.

Deputy Thomas Gilliland reported to ABC13 News that two young men entered through an open garage, and walked right into the house. He said both were armed with pistols.  The woman “confronted the suspects, retrieved a handgun and fired several times at both subjects,” Gilliland reported.

One of the suspects was killed, collapsing in the front yard, and the other took off running, jumped a fence and escaped. Police are still searching for him.  A gun was found near the body of the dead intruder.

The woman whose home was invaded was not hurt, and has not been identified. She said she did not know the men who barged into her home. Neighbors were understandably upset that the home intrusion had occured right in their neighborhood, but all agreed that the victim did the right thing in defending herself.

KTRK ABC13 Reporter Kaitlin McCulley shared a video of a helicopter above the scene, as they searched for the second suspect, and confirmed that an “elderly woman shot and killed man trying to rob her.”

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