A Houston man shot and killed another man who was allegedly trying to break into his car outside his home on Friday, according to police.
The shooting took place at around 6 a.m. in southwest Houston, KPRC-TV reports.
The man told police that he heard some commotion before going outside and finding an unidentified man holding a shovel trying to break into his vehicle. He opened fire and shot the suspect. Police did not say how many rounds were fired or how many times the burglary suspect was shot.
The suspect was rushed to a local hospital and was later declared dead.
In a shocking twist, KPRC reports the homeowner is actually in the U.S. illegally and owns a gun — both of which are against the law. Police have not released any names.
The illegal alien and his roommate were brought in for questioning about the incident.
The ongoing investigation will now be handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The District Attorney’s Office will consider whether or not charges will be filed in the case.
In May, a three-judge panel in Denver upheld federal gun laws passed by Congress that prohibits illegal aliens from owning guns.
From a previous Reuters report:
“Even those admitted on non-immigrant visas … are prohibited from having firearms and ammunition unless they secure a special waiver or happen to be hunters or diplomatic or law-enforcement officials here on business,” the judges wrote.
The case stemmed from the conviction of Emmanuel Huitron-Guizar, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison under a federal law that bars gun ownership by illegal aliens.
Huitron-Guizar’s lawyer, Ronald Pretty, told Reuters he will appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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