Harris County deputy shoots business owner who mistakenly shot at him

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Anna Bauman, Staff writer March 23, 2021Updated: March 23, 2021 2:31 p.m. A Harris County sheriff’s deputy shot a 72-year-old business owner who mistook him for a burglary suspect and fired shots late Monday, officials said. OnSceneTV A 72-year-old business owner fired shots at a Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy late Monday […]

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A Harris County sheriff’s deputy shot a 72-year-old business owner who mistook him for a burglary suspect and fired shots late Monday, officials said.

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A 72-year-old business owner fired shots at a Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy late Monday after mistaking him for a burglary suspect, police said. The deputy returned gunfire, wounding the man in the shoulder.

The older man reported a burglary around 11:45 p.m. at his business on the 13000 block of Ralph Culver Road in northwest Harris County, said Susan Cotter, a major in the sheriff’s office. The owner was not on the premises but saw the burglar on his surveillance cameras.

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The responding deputy was at the scene when the owner arrived at his business shortly later. The owner thought the deputy was the person committing the burglary, so he shot at the deputy, who returned fire.

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The deputy, a 27-year-old four-year veteran of the agency, was not injured. The business owner was struck in the shoulder and taken to the hospital where he was expected to survive.

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