A Houston area burglar chose poorly last week when he broke into a home belonging to a pastor and his wife…both of whom know their way around a gun.
Residents were alerted to something amiss about 11:30pm. From khou.com:
Jeff Powers and his wife told police they were awakened by noises coming from their backyard. Police say they saw a man in their backyard, who forced his way inside the residence in the 6100 block of Del Monte, near River Oaks.
When the intruder entered the home, both the pastor and his wife opened fire. The Houston Police Department described the result with impressive economy.
Shooting Investigation: 6100 Del Monte. Homeowner shoots burglary suspect DOA. #hounews CC8
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) May 5, 2019
According to a later statement from HPD,
“A preliminary investigation revealed the residents were asleep in their bed when they were awakened by a loud noise. While investigating the cause of the noise, they noticed their backyard gate was opened and saw a male (suspect) in their back yard,” police said in a statement released on Monday.
“The suspect then forced his way and gained entry into the residence. The residents, in fear for their lives, discharged their firearms several times, striking the suspect,” the statement read.
The suspect was identified Monday afternoon by the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office as 24-year-old Roberto Sanchez. His primary cause of death was reported as “multiple gunshot wounds.”
No surprise there. Pastor and Mrs. Powers had apparently thought through how to deal with the aftermath of a defensive gun use.
Following the shooting, the pastor and his wife went outside, placed their guns on the ground and waited for police, authorities said.
The case has been submitted to a grand jury without charges. We don’t expect any.
We’ll say it again: you are your own first responder. And always will be.