Big rig driver charged after shooting suspect he caught slashing his tires

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by KHOU.com staff

KHOU 11 News Houston

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 12:12 PM

HOUSTON — An 18-wheeler driver who was the victim of a crime was charged after he chased down and shot a suspect, according to Houston police.

The truck driver decided to sleep overnight in the cab of his rig, which was parked on Langham Way at W. Little York, because someone had slashed his tires the night before. He was asleep around 10 p.m. when he heard some noise and a hissing sound, then looked outside and saw and saw a man slicing his tires again with a knife.

The driver pulled out his concealed handgun and went to confront alleged tire slasher, who took off running.

The truck driver first fired a warning shot into the air, then chased the suspect and shot him in the rear end, police said. The injured suspect was transported to Ben Taub Hospital in stable condition.

The truck driver, who thought he was merely defending his property, was charged with aggravated assault. Police said he made a mistake when he “chased” the suspect.

Several more big rigs parked along the street were also found to have slashed tires.

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