Texas deputies shot a woman several times after responding to a burglary call — but she wasn’t an intruder, officials told news outlets.
Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office responded to an apartment complex in Cloverleaf for a burglary in progress at about 2 a.m. Feb. 3, authorities said, but as they were leaving, they were told another burglary was taking place at the apartments, KHOU reported.
They went to the unit to investigate and saw a damaged window and broken glass, officials told the outlet. Deputies knocked on the door and announced themselves, then a woman with a gun approached, officials told the outlet.
The deputies opened fire, shooting the 28-year-old woman several times, officials told KTRK.
Investigators later learned the woman was not an intruder and that she and another woman, one of whom is the tenant, had broken a window to get inside because they were locked out and didn’t have a key, KHOU reported.
“I called 911 because I heard the … glass breaking,” downstairs neighbor Robert Mitchell told KPRC. “I thought maybe somebody was breaking in. You know, so I just wanted to make sure whatever was going on up there didn’t come down to my apartment because I just moved in. So, I didn’t want to be involved in that.”
Mitchell said he heard around 17 shots fired, the outlet reported.
The woman was taken to a hospital in stable condition and the deputies have been put on leave while an investigation is conducted, KTRK reported.
Cloverleaf is about 15 miles east of downtown Houston.