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Posted: 3/25/2006 9:52:12 AM EDT
HoustonChronicle.com -- http://www.HoustonChronicle.com | Section: Front page

March 25, 2006, 2:56AM

Houston man kills suspected home invader
By ANNE MARIE KILDAY
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

A southeast Houston man struggled with one of five masked men in a "terrifying" home invasion late Friday, by taking away the intruder's gun and shooting him to death..

The resident of the home at 12311 Flushing Meadow may have wounded one of the other intruders, who forced their way into the house as an older couple was unloading laundry, said Houston Homicide Sgt. Mike Peters .

The other four masked men, who had claimed to be FBI agents, fled the scene in a grey Impala, Peters said.

Peters said the men approached the woman and her husband as they were unloading their laundry from their car, after they had returned from a wash-a-teria . The five men claimed to be with the FBI, Peters said.

The incident is the second home invasion within the last week in which a resident has killed a would-be robber.

A west Houston homeowner killed a robber, after wrestling his gun away from him last Saturday. That violent scene took place in front of the man's wife and five children.

Peters said there was one young child inside the southeast Houston home when the man heard "the commotion" from his bedroom at the back of the house. The man, who was in his mid-20s, came into the living room, where his elderly parents struggled with three of the men, two armed with handguns and one armed with an assault rifle.

"That's one of the terrifying things," Peters said. "When the gun battle takes place, there was one of his own children in the living room between him and the suspects armed with weapons."

Peters said the young man "did a pretty good job. He just felt that he had to take a stand."

But the man who shot the would-be robber was "shook up" after the incident, Peters said.

"It takes folks who are pretty resolute to do something like that," Peters said. "He is shook up, he is pretty upset. But he engaged in a pretty dynamic event that most people never have to engage in. You know, the people over in Iraq do it every day, but they are trained for it. This guy just reacted."

The dead man appeared to be in his mid-20s to early 30s, Peters said.

The other four suspects are still at-large, Peters said.

It is not uncommon in the Houston area for robbery suspects to impersonate law enforcement officers, Peters said. "Undoubtedly, we will find some other deals from other robberies, once we start working on it," Peters said.

The shooting is likely to be referred to a Harris County grand jury, Peters said.

HoustonChronicle.com -- http://www.HoustonChronicle.com | Section: Front page

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Link Posted: 3/25/2006 10:08:59 AM EDT
BS! They are just trying to cover up getting thier asses handed to them during a no knock on the wrong house!
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