Two would-be burglars are in police custody thanks to the quick actions of a 15-year-old.
One suspect is in jail, and the other is at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Investigators say they aren't sure whether the injured suspect is going to make it. He was shot in both his legs and face by a 15-year-old who detectives say feared for his and his sister's safety.
The blood on the driveway told a burglary-gone-bad story.
Deputies say the suspects broke into the home through a back window. From upstairs, the 15-year-old -- who was home with his 12-year-old sister -- heard the breaking glass and grabbed his father's rifle. The burglary was soon over.
Within an hour, both suspects -- one adult and one juvenile -- were in custody; they were caught at a nearby hospital while seeking help.
The juvenile was brought back to the scene, where deputies checked him for evidence and collected the rifle.
Neighbors backed what the 15-year-old did.
"I'm really glad he was able to defend himself," Thompson said.
Investigators concluded the shooting was justified.
Neighbors say there have been recent burglaries in the neighborhood. After this incident, we are assuming criminals will avoid that area in the near future.
Investigators said that rifle was the personal weapon of the teen's father, the deputy constable. He's been with the constable's office for 11 years and is described as a good officer and a good father
His parents should be proud of the the 15-year-old's quick actions and clear thinking, he is a credit to his family and the community.