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Intruder Dressed As Health Worker Fatally Shot While Breaking Into Elderly Woman’s House

Houston, TX – A home intruder dressed as a healthcare worker was fatally shot after forcing his way into an elderly woman’s home in southeast Houston late Monday night, according to police.

The incident occurred at a residence located in the 12500-block of Cooperstown Drive at approximately 11:30 p.m. on April 11, KRIV reported.

According to police, an older woman residing alone at the house said she heard a knock at the door and found a man dressed in scrubs standing outside, KPRC reported.

The unknown man allegedly claimed to be a healthcare worker and wanted to come inside.

The savvy woman refused to let him in and placed a call to her son, who lives nearby.

The son rushed to his mother’s aid, but the suspect had already broken down the door and was forcing his way inside when he arrived at the scene, according to police.

The son opened fire, mortally wounding the intruder, KPRC reported.

Investigators said the woman who lived at the house also had her own firearm, but police do not believe she used it during the confrontation.

Houston Police Department (HPD) Lieutenant J.P. Horelica said the motive for the home invasion is unclear.

“It doesn’t look like there’s any relation at all. It was just a random thing,” Lt. Horelica told KHOU. “The home health care that dropped on the original radio was part a ruse to try to gain entry in the home without having to force entry, and when that didn’t work, he tried to force entry in there.”

The woman and her son were not injured during the incident, KTRK reported.

The investigation into the shooting remains ongoing.

A grand jury will ultimately decide if anyone will face charges as a result of the incident.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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