Off-duty police officer fatally shoots alleged home invader
Raw video: Police arrive to investigate the scene.
An off-duty Texas police officer shot and killed his brother, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy, that the officer initially believed broke into his house on Friday evening, authorities said.
The authorities later confirmed that there was no burglary in the dwelling-house in Stagecoach, outside Houston, and said that it was unclear what led to the recording of the Harris County sheriff’s deputy.
“The exact circumstances of the shooting is being investigated,” said Lt. Scott Spencer of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. “We don’t believe there was a burglary in the dwelling-house.”
One of our @HCSOTexas Deputy was shot and killed by his brother (a current Stagecoach PD Officer). Unknown is what led to the shooting, but the first version where a burglary is incorrect. Hope to release his name shortly #hounews #lesm pic.twitter.com/d8NYqzK9J2
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) May 26, 2018
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said the off-duty officer reported the shooting around 5:18 p.m. the Authorities came and took the body of the victim, a white male in his 50s, on the bathroom floor with apparent gunshot wounds, the Houston Chronicle.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a tweet that the shooting occurred in the Stagecoach, a town about 33 miles northwest of Houston, and asked for prayer for the deputy family.
Please pray for the family of an off-duty HCSO Deputy, who was killed tonight in a shooting in the 16000 block of Singletree in Stagegoach, Montgomery County. @SheriffEd_HCSO is on the way. #hounews pic.twitter.com/IorhLqpAAg
— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) May 26, 2018
“Our hearts are broken this night,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. “We’re going to be the pain for a long time.”
The off-duty officer was a 35-year law enforcement veteran, the last two years with the Stagecoach Police Department.
The authorities have not released the identity of the director or the deputy. No charges were immediately filed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.