07/13/2006 Odessa homeowner shoots man in auto burglary |


Stephanie Miller Staff Writer
Midland Reporter-Telegram
From Staff Reports

ODESSA -- An Odessa homeowner shot one of two suspects allegedly attempting to burglarize his vehicles early Wednesday, police said.

According to a statement released Wednesday by the Odessa Police Department, authorities responded at approximately 1:40 a.m. to the 6500 block of Opal Drive in reference to a gunshot victim, who was transported to Medical Center Hospital where he was treated.

A preliminary investigation revealed the homeowner had observed two white male suspects burglarizing his 2005 Chevy Suburban. The suspects had also allegedly burglarized the homeowner's second vehicle, a 2002 Ford Mustang.

The homeowner fired two shots from a handgun, with one flying in the air and the second in the direction of the suspects. One suspect was struck and the second suspect fled from the scene. Officers recovered stolen items from the homeowner's vehicles.

Investigators from the Criminal Investigation Bureau Crimes Against Persons Unit responded to the scene to conduct an investigation. The case will be referred to the Ector County District Attorney's office for referral to the Ector County Grand Jury.