HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — An intruder was shot to death on Saturday afternoon by a disabled woman, 53, at a north Harris County apartment complex.
Harris County deputies responded to the shooting around 2:50 PM at the Carrington Place Apartments in the 12700 block of FM 19600 West.
When the authorities arrived at the apartment complex, they found an 18-year-old male lying on the grass outside of one of the buildings. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The man, along with a 17-year-old male, had broken into the disabled woman’s home through her patio door window. They reached inside the window to unlock the door, according to investigators. The woman was home at the time.
The woman fired one shot as the teens entered her home, killing the one in front. Authorities detained Aren Lacour, 17, at the scene, along with 18-year-old Ayanna Harrison.
Harrison drove a nearby getaway vehicle. It was a white, four-door Mercedes-Benz that has been linked to other burglaries in the area.
The 18-year-old who was shot has not yet been identified.
Lacour and Harrison are now facing felony murder charges. They committed a felony offense of burglary of a habitation that resulted in the death of another person, according to authorities.
Harrison attempted to conceal a pistol that the deceased suspect was carrying at the time. Because of this, she is also charged with tampering with evidence.
You can reach the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 713-274-9100 if you have any information about the incident.
If you’d like to learn how to keep your own apartment safe from intruders, here are a few tips:
Safeguard Your Spare Keys – If at all possible, be very careful about who you trust with any spare keys. This includes those who do maintenance or renovation work. You should also be safe about who you allow to enter your home.
Install a Security System – If allowed, install a wireless security system. Although many apartments may not allow you to drill into walls or hook up wires, wireless systems are often simple to set up. Security cameras are also beneficial.
Use Window Dressings – If your windows are in clear view, limit what people can see inside by using blinds or curtains.
Be Alert of Your Surroundings – If you notice any suspicious behavior, report it to management or your landlord right away. You can also ask management for help if you feel like your home is unsafe. Keep cellphones handy in case you need them.
Consider Automatic Lighting – It’s easy to install automatic lighting these days. You can program them to go off and on through an app.
This can go a long way in deterring would-be intruders who will avoid homes where they believe someone is present.