A 17-year-old Texas boy shot and killed two men who allegedly tried to break into his home on Friday night, according to local authorities.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office received a report of the home invasion at approximately 10:40 p.m. Their investigation revealed that three armed men, wearing masks, allegedly attempted to break into a home in Channelview, a suburb east of Houston, the office wrote in a press release.
An adult woman, a 12-year-old boy and two 17-year-old boys were inside the home at the time of the attempted break-in. Upon realizing the men were trying to get in, one of the 17-year-olds grabbed a shotgun. He fired several times at the suspected burglars, hitting two of them, according to the press release.
The third suspect fled the scene in an unidentified dark-colored four-door sedan without injury, the news release added.
When law enforcement arrived, they found both men unresponsive and suffering from gunshot wounds. They were both pronounced dead at the scene by emergency management personnel, according to the sheriff’s office.
The case was presented to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, who recommended that the case be presented to a Harris County Grand Jury, the sheriff’s office added.
More details about the incident, including the identities of those involved, remained unknown Saturday morning. The incident is still under investigation by local authorities and anyone with information is asked to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at (713) 274-9100.
Newsweek contacted the sheriff’s office for further comment.
Other recent home invasions
Every night, many homes in the United States are the target of home invasions. A 2019 Department of Justice (DOJ) study found that more than 1.1 million burglaries took place that year, with victims suffering cumulative losses of $3 billion. According to SafeWisemost burglaries occur during the day and are more common between June and August.
There have been several notable home invasions in recent months. Several high-profile celebrities, including Mariah Carey and Real Housewives of Atlanta star Marlo Hampton were targeted in series of home break-ins in Atlanta in recent months, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.
In June, a Sydney man was leading a TikTok livestream when someone broke into his house. One of the suspects allegedly punched the victim, 33-year-old Wally Assad. Authorities said Assaad reportedly answered the door to his grandmother’s apartment when he heard a knock. When he opened it, he was punched in the face and knocked to the ground, unconscious.
Bob Johnson, Santa Rosa County Sheriff, Florida divided the internet in April after saying he “prefers” anyone whose home is broken into to shoot the attacker. Some people have raised concerns that his comments could be a way for police to deflect responsibility or lead to accidental shootings of the wrong people.