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Houston homeowner shoots burglars attempting to break in, kills three


Homeowner says he grabbed his gun in self-defense

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A Houston homeowner single-handedly shot at least four suspected burglars and killed three of them when they tried to break into his home on Saturday, KHOU-TV reported.

What happened?

The suspects reportedly tried to force their way into the house at Sherman Street near 71st Street around 12:45 a.m. Saturday, reports state. The homeowner told detectives he grabbed his gun and shot the suspects in self-defense. He was not injured.

Police said one of the suspects was found dead in front of the house, one fled on foot and the others fled in a car, KPRC-TV reported. The car crashed into a pole near Harrisburg Boulevard and a man was found dead inside. Another man ran out of the car, fell in the street and later died. The man who tried to run away sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and was found by police. He was taken to a nearby hospital to undergo surgery.

Police were still questioning the homeowner and were continuing to investigate Saturday afternoon, according to reports.

Evidence markers placed around the outside of the home suggested that dozens of rounds were fired, KHOU. reported.

On Saturday morning, a "group of tearful women," were seen down the block from where the shooting happened. They said they are relatives of the men who were shot but asked media for privacy, according to KHOU.

Any witnesses?

A neighbor reportedly said he was sitting his porch with his baby when two men showed up with large rifles. He said he believed they were there to rob his neighbor, so he ran into his home to take cover.

The neighbor said he did not know what they might be after. He also told KHOU he did not know the neighbor's full name, just that he goes by "Flaco."

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