A Texas man sleeping in his truck is suspected of fatally shooting a suspect who was trying to break into his vehicle Tuesday, Harris County authorities said.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene early Tuesday morning outside an apartment complex at 331 Parramatta Lane in Houston.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a post that a preliminary investigation revealed a male suspect “possibly armed with a handgun” entered the victim’s truck while the victim was asleep and “attempted to rob him.” said.
“The man who was sleeping in the truck had an AR-15 and shot him several times,” Gonzalez said.
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The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.
The suspect’s killer reportedly told investigators that he had been sleeping in his truck after an argument with his girlfriend. FOX 26 Houston.
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He noticed the suspects inside the car attempting to rob him and fired his AR-15. After the shooting, he ran to his brother’s apartment and called 911, FOX 26 reported.
The man remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators, authorities said.
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The sheriff’s office believes the suspect may have broken into other vehicles in the area, FOX 26 reports.
Social media users praised the man’s actions.
“When someone tries to rob you, you have every right to protect yourself,” one Facebook user wrote.
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“They didn’t have to try to rob that guy… If they had made better choices, they would still be breathing,” said another.
Further investigation will allow the Sheriff’s Office to determine whether charges will be filed in this case.