Robbery suspect shot at Lake Highlands home

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A man that police believe intended to rob a Lake Highlands home was shot early Monday morning.

It happened in the 9500 block of Moss Farm Lane near Abrams Road and Royal Lane. 

The homeowner said the man first rang his doorbell around 5 a.m. He apologized for being at the wrong home and left.

A few minutes later the man came back, kicked in the door and forced his way inside. But the homeowner had a gun and opened fire, police said.

Neighbors said they heard about a half a dozen shots. When responding officers arrived they found the wounded suspect in the street. The suspect was taken to the hospital in critical condition. He is expected to survive, police said.

A neighbor, whose bedroom window is just yards away, described what she heard.

“I hear someone screaming and then I hear 5 or 6 gunshots so I freaked out. I ran to my bathroom, locked myself in there because I didn't know where the gunshots were coming from. I didn't know if he had seen me turn my light on and was like saying something to me. I had no idea what was going on,” said Savannah Askin.

Askin said she initially heard very loud music and screaming right before the gunshots. She believes the blaring music was coming from the suspect's car and questions why someone who may be attempting to burglarize a home, as police describe, would disturb the street with loud music.

Police said the alleged robber arrived in a Dodge Charger, which will be searched for evidence. A bag found on the front porch was also collected as evidence.

The homeowner and his wife were not hurt and are cooperating with the investigation.

Monday morning’s incident was the second time this year a Lake Highlands homeowner has shot an intruder. The first shooting was in January.

The case will likely go to a grand jury to review any potential charges against the homeowner, as is typical in castle law cases.