Texas deacon opens fire on crook breaking into cars outside church

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by Andrew Horansky / KHOU.com

KHOU.com

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 9:49 AM

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – An off-duty deputy who also serves as a deacon opened fire on a man who was breaking into cars outside a Fort Bend County church overnight, officials said.

It happened as the deacon and several other church members were cleaning inside the Living Word Faith Center on W. Fuqua near Fondren late Tuesday night.

Officials said a parishioner went outside and spotted someone breaking into their cars. The deacon, who is a deputy for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, also went outside and saw the suspect.

The deacon said the suspect ran and got something out of his car. The deacon, fearing for his life, fired five or six shots at the man who then ran away on foot.

“There were several backpacks recovered,” said Thomas Gilliland with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. “It looked like this individual had been breaking into several vehicles. Also the deputy’s own truck had been broken into.”

It’s believed the suspect was uninjured, but the vehicle he left behind may lead to an arrest.

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