HPD: Homeowner shoots back yard intruder

Published On: Feb 05 2013 06:56:28 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 05 2013 12:14:27 PM CST

Feb. 5, 2013: A northwest Houston homeowner shot an intruder in his back yard, Houston police say. Mark Boyle reports.


A northwest Houston homeowner shot an intruder in his back yard, Houston police said.

The homeowner was getting ready for bed at his home on East Janish Road and Arrowpoint drive when he heard something in his back yard at 10 p.m. Monday. Police said the homeowner looked outside and saw someone in the bed of his pickup truck.

Officers said the homeowner cornered the intruder, identified by police as Kenneth Shepherd, and told him to not move until police arrived. The homeowner told investigators that Shepherd made a move at him, so he shot him twice.

"(The homeowner) confronted him inside the locked back yard. In the process of either the suspect trying to either evade capture or run around the truck, the complainant believing the suspect may be armed fired two shots, striking the suspect," said Officer R. Musiak with the Houston Police Department.

One bullet hit Shepherd in the leg and the other hit him in the arm. He was taken into custody and then sent to the hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

Police said the homeowner will not face charges because he was protecting his home.

Shepherd will face a charge of burglary of a habitation, police said.


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