Montgomery County authorities say a Porter man was protecting his property when he shot an intruder late Wednesday night.
Sgt. Dan Zientek, with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, says the man responded to an alarm from his storage property around midnight. He went to the property to check it out with his brother.
"On their arrival they found that the intruder had entered into the building," Zientek said. "After they entered the building there was a confrontation between the intruder and the person who owned the property."
Zientek says the property owner called 9-1-1 and was intending to hold the man at gunpoint until officers arrived, but their confrontation led to the intruder being shot during the 9-1-1 call.
"The person who owned the building fired and shot the intruder," Zientek said. "The intruder then ran from he building and collapsed on the property."
Zientek didn't provide details on the nature of the confrontation, except to say it was verbal. It's not clear if the intruder was shot because he was threatening the homeowner or trying to get away.
The suspect was treated by paramedics on the scene for an apparent shotgun wound to his leg. He was then taken by ambulance to Ben Taub Hospital where he underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition.
Investigators say the property owner didn't live on premises. The building that was broken into was being used for storage, and the owner had it surrounded by a tall chain link fence.
No charges have been filed in the case. Zientek says it's being reviewed by the Montgomery County District Attorneys office.