Male Shot By Business Owner at 1012 Avenue Oaks

February 11, 2008 - A possible burglary suspect was shot by a business owner at 1012 Avenue Oaks about 2:50 a.m. today.

The suspect, described only as a Hispanic male, was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital in critical condition from injuries sustained during the incident.

The business owner, Irvin Horton, 64, of Houston, was not injured.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant P.J. LeBlanc and Officer B.D. Evans reported:

Mr. Horton received notification from his burglar alarm company of an active alarm at his place of business at 1012 Avenue Oaks. When Mr. Horton arrived, he observed a suspicious vehicle occupied by the suspect, parked in the driveway adjacent to his business. In addition, Mr. Horton saw the gate to his business had been forced open and articles had been removed from a locked storage trailer inside the property. Mr. Horton confronted the suspect while he (the suspect) was inside the vehicle and told him to exit the vehicle. The suspect refused and made a sudden movement inside the vehicle and reached for an unknown article. The suspect then started the vehicle and attempted to strike Mr. Horton as he attempted to drive away. Mr. Horton fired at the vehicle’s front tire. The suspect continued to drive away while Mr. Horton continued to fire additional shots at the fleeing vehicle. The suspect lost control of the vehicle and struck a concrete drainage culvert at Robertson and Woodard.

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