Houston Robbery Suspect Killed After Homeowner Disarms Him and Shoots Him With His Own Gun

An investigation has been launched after a suspected robber was shot inside a home in Houston, Texas, after having his own gun taken off him.

Houston Police said they were called to reports of a shooting at an address at 5822 Ludington Drive, near Hillcroft and W. Bellfort Avenue, which occurred around 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday.

The force said preliminary information suggests a male robbery suspect was shot at the scene.

According to KTRK, the homeowner was in his garage when the suspect approached him and told him he was robbing the property. Police said the homeowner managed to take the suspect's gun off him and shoot him with it.

The male was then taken to a nearby hospital, where he was later produced dead. The suspect's identity has not been revealed.

The case will now go to a grand jury.

Two guns were recovered from the scene, both of which had been fired from. Police believe both weapons belonged to the robbery suspect, reports KHOU.

The homeowner was also questioned by police over the incident.

Houston Police did not immediately return a request for further information.

Under Texas law, a person may use deadly force to protect their property if they reasonably believe the force was immediately necessary, or to prevent arson, burglary, robbery, aggravated robbery, theft during the nighttime, or criminal mischief during the nighttime.

Deadly force can also be used if the person is stopping a suspect who is fleeing immediately after committing a burglary, robbery, aggravated robbery or theft during the nighttime from escaping from the property.

Earlier this year, a teenage suspect was shot in the face with his own gun in Houston after allegedly trying to rob a fireworks store.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office were called to a fireworks stand on the 14400 block of the North Freeway to reports that a robbery suspect had been shot.

Police said that the 19-year-old approached employees with his gun and demanded money. The workers cooperated with the suspect until he put his gun down on the counter.

At that point, one of the fireworks stand employees was able to "take possession of the would-be robber's pistol and shot him with it," leaving the suspect in a critical condition.

The 19-year-old was taken to hospital for his injuries, but later died.

Deputies said fireworks stands are robbed because they are "easy targets."

"They're out here alone by themselves," Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Eddie Hazel told Fox 26. "But it doesn't always go their way, and this is one of those instances where it didn't go the robbers way."

Hazel said the employee who shot at the 19-year-old was "very distraught [and] very upset" over the incident.

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(File photo) Houston Police Emergency 911 vehicle sits parked outside Union Station Houston in Houston, Texas on November 6, 2017. A suspected robber has been shot with his own inside a home in Houston, Texas. Raymond Boyd/Getty