BAYTOWN, Texas – One burglary suspect was killed and another was listed in critical condition after a teen watching over his grandmother’s Baytown home opened fire on them, police said.
The shooting happened in the 800 block of Brentwood Drive, according to the Baytown Police Department.
Police said the 18-year-old woke up to the sound of someone breaking into the home around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. He called 911 and went into the living room with a shotgun to find two men inside.
The teen told police he ordered the two men to put their hands up, but they didn’t listen. He shot both men with the shotgun. One collapsed and died at the scene while the other stumbled around and ran away. The injured suspect later turned up at the hospital in critical condition, police said.
Baytown police said the teen’s grandmother was recently put in a nursing home, and was living on the property to watch over it. He’s a graduate of the Harris County Police Explorers Program, which is a program for kids interested in law enforcement.
The young man’s family hasn’t commented on the shooting, but neighbors praised his quick actions.
“He did good, he did right, he did his job,” said Abe Garcia.