HARRIS COUNTY, Texas –- An armed robber ended up in the emergency room late Sunday after he tried to hold up a retired federal agent outside his brother-in-law's northwest Harris County home, constables said.
According to Harris County Precinct 4, the federal agent and three of his family members had just left a funeral and were returning to their home in the 17000 block of Ponderosa Pines Drive around 10:30 p.m.
The victims told authorities the gunman approached as soon as the last person was out of the family's truck. The suspect, wearing a bandanna or t-shirt over his face, then demanded money. The alleged robber fired one shot, and the retired agent returned fire, hitting the suspect at least twice.
The suspect ran to a waiting car with other suspects inside and sped away, authorities said. Constables said he later turned up at a nearby hospital.
None of the family members were injured.
Neighbors waking up to the news were on edge early Monday.
“I have grandkids, and my husband and I will be out at night -- the way he works and everything – I think I might start taking gun classes for protection,” said Ellen Flemings.
Detectives believe the men responsible in the attempted robbery may have been involved in similar crimes along FM-1960 on Sunday night.