A man, clad only in his underwear, reportedly broke into a home in Cypress, Texas and attacked the family inside on May 18 at 2 a.m. for no apparent reason.
“The door is kicked in and that’s how the family wakes up to discover the intruder in the residence,” said Sgt. Felipe Rivera of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in this story form abc13.com.
The daughter of the homeowner, Naarai Olvera, who was not home at the time of the incident, said her parents, brother, sister, brother-in-law and the couple’s three children were all in the house.
She told ABC the intruder punched her 55-year-old mother in the face several times after kicking in the door, possibly breaking her nose. After that, her older brother tried to fight him off, but the intruder threw the family’s 60-inch TV at him.
“He just kept attacking, he would not stop. He wasn’t running from anybody. He was attacking. In my opinion, he was in an attacking mode,” Olvera said in the story.
When the intruder broke down the bedroom door, that’s when Olvera’s brother-in-law shot him to protect his wife and children.
The intruder, who police say was likely on drugs, was killed on the spot. He has not been identified.
“We are a Christian family, we don’t believe in killing anybody,” said Olvera. “But we had to do what we had to do to protect our family and protect our little kids.”
Police say the motive for the attack remains unclear and that the house seems to have been chosen at random. They found a Lincoln sedan they believe belonged to the suspect ditched a half mile from the residence.