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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.

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