One Houston homeowner is counting his lucky stars after stopping a burglar and accidentally shooting his neighbor’s house during a tense home invasion scenario.
According to reports, Guillermo Andrade was attempting to kick down the front door of a house near midnight. The homeowner, whose name has not been released, grabbed his pistol and opened fire on the intruder, striking Andrade three times.
From there, Andrade crawled into the front yard. The homeowner went outside, which led to a brief fight between Andrade and the homeowner. The homeowner essentially had the man dead to rights, but he nobly held Andrade pinned to the ground until the police arrived and rushed him to a hospital.
Harris County assistant chief deputy, Mark Herman, said Andrade was in a non-life-threatening condition. The homeowner did not receive any injuries during the scuffle.
The same cannot be said for a neighbor’s house, however. Nobody was injured in the neighbor’s home, but there was a 14-year-old girl inside at the time and the surprise from the stray bullet caused her to have a medical issue. The teenager was taken to a nearby hospital and was later released.
The homeowner’s actions were both justifiable and worrying. Without doubt, the homeowner was within his right to defend himself from Andrade, who is a convicted burglar. However, it is unfortunate that one of the bullets struck a neighbor’s house. If that teenage girl had been in the right place at the wrong time, this story could have ended in tragedy and a possible involuntary manslaughter conviction for the gun owner.
This story highlights one of the most important rules of gun safety: be sure of your target and what is beyond it. It is admittedly difficult to worry about bullet trajectories when somebody is kicking down your front door, but shooting a gun in the direction of a neighbor’s house — even if there’s a criminal in between the shooter and the neighbor’s house — should be avoided.
But, as they say, all’s well that ends well. The burglar was caught, the homeowner was uninjured and the girl next door came out of the ordeal with no permanent damage.