As Hurricane Harvey made landfall, two alleged burglars were shot by homeowners in separate incidents. One intruder was found dead at the scene while the other, who had a gunshot wound to the head, was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Local authorities are still investigating both incidents to determine the circumstances surrounding the homeowner’s actions.
According to the Caller-Times, a man was shot in a Southside home in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Friday. Local authorities received a call at approximately 11:00 pm local time, around one hour after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, and found a man with a gunshot wound to the head.
Officers at the scene stated the man broke into the home and was subsequently shot by the homeowner. He was taken to Christus Spohn Hospital Shoreline for treatment for his injuries. The man’s current condition is unknown.
The second incident occurred early on Saturday in Houston on the Greater East End. As reported by the Houston Chronicle, the alleged intruder was killed after being shot by the homeowner.
Police officers received the call around 3:00 am local time and found the intruder shot dead.
Local authorities are still investigating the incident, and the Houston Police Department was released no further details.
Police have confirmed that some other thefts have occurred during the storm.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm, bringing 130 mph winds into the area. The center of the storm was located approximately 30 miles east-northeast of Corpus Christi at 11:00 pm local time on Friday.
It is the first major hurricane to hit US soil in 12 years and was expected to cause significant damage and a high risk of flooding. Isolated areas may receive rainfall in amounts of up to 40 inches.