A Texas father and licensed gun owner reportedly chased down a “peeping Tom” spotted touching himself outside his 10-year-old daughter’s window – before eventually shooting him outside a nearby gas station, according to reports.
A husband and wife, both of whom are licensed gun carriers, heard their daughter scream from her bedroom at 10:00 pm on what was an otherwise normal Sunday night. The daugher, terrified, had just seen a man relieving himself by her bedroom window.
“She looks over at the window and this guy is at her window,” the girl’s mother, who preferred not to be identified, told KPRC-TV, about what her daughter experienced. “He took my daughter’s innocence away.”
The couple, who live in a neighborhood of Houston, Texas, pursued the suspect, both armed with handguns. The father, who prefers to remain unnamed, said that he and his wife commanded the man to lie down in their front yard until the police came – but the suspect booked it instead to a nearby Valero gas station, with the couple following closely behind.
According to deputies, the girl’s mother held the man at gunpoint at the gas station as the father headed inside to have the attendant call 911. The suspect soon after wrestled the mother for her gun, disarming her.
The husband quickly ran outside and shot the suspect multiple times, fearing for his wife’s life.
“We didn’t want this guy to get shot. We were waiting for police to detain him because I’m pretty sure if he did this to my children, he’s doing it to a lot of other children out here,” the woman told KPRC-TV. “We are praying for the suspect and we are also praying for his family.”
Deputies said the father shot the man three times.
The case is being investigated by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, KWTX reported.