Woman Shoots Dead Alleged 'Peeping Tom' Standing Outside Bedroom Window

An alleged "peeping Tom" was fatally shot by a woman after he reportedly stood outside her bedroom window in Houston, Texas, according to police.

Officers rushed to a home in the 8900 block of Irvington Boulevard after shots were heard at about 11:30 p.m. on Friday.

When police arrived at the scene they found the body of a man who had been shot several times lying outside the house.

Houston Police Department confirmed the shooting in a tweet shared on Saturday, which read: "North officers are at a shooting scene 8900 Irvington. Adult male deceased at the scene, 202."

The number 202, refers to the number of the lieutenant who shared the message on social media.

Police said the woman inside the home claimed to have been frightened when she saw the man looking through her bedroom window.

She claimed to have felt in danger, took her rifle and then fired several shots through the wall in self-defense.

Officers said at least one struck the man in the torso and that he staggered a short distance before he died outside in the driveway outside the home

It is not believed there was any known relationship between the man and the woman inside the house.

Speaking to KTRK, Lieutenant R. Willkens said: "There was an adult female who was in one of the bedrooms and observed him looking in her windows. She was in fear. She had a rifle. She shot numerous times through the wall [and] ended up striking the male.

"The male ended up and passed out over here. He is dead on the scene."

Houston police have since launched an investigation into the shooting. No one has been charged in connection with the incident.

Newsweek has contacted the Houston Police Department for comment.

Houston has seen an uptick in violent crimes and shootings, with 403 homicides being recorded in the city last year.

It was the highest number of homicides in the city since 2005 when 377 homicides were recorded.

As of September 1, new gun legislation signed off by Texas Governor Greg Abbott will come into effect that will permit people to carry a handgun without a license.

It would, in effect, allow people to carry handguns without any background checks or training,

In a statement shared in June, the governor's office said: "House Bill 1927 (Schaefer/Schwertner) authorizes Constitutional Carry in Texas, meaning law-abiding Texans can legally carry a handgun without a license to carry."

Houston officers responded to the shooting
Houston officers responded to the shooting on Friday. In this photo, officers can be stood outside the house in Houston. Houston Police Department