KILLEEN, Texas – In Killeen, a homeowner shot and killed an 18-year-old, who police say broke into his home Friday morning.
Killeen Police Department officers say just before 10 this morning, they were sent to a home on Corrine Drive after reports of a burglary.
On their way there, they learned someone fired a gun.
Police later reported 18-year old James Mitchell, Jr. was shot by the homeowner after breaking into the home.
FOX44 spoke with a next-door neighbor who heard shots ring out.
“Then I look out. I see the dust in the air, and I hear like three more gunshots. So I’m like, ‘Okay. What’s going on? I don’t see anybody.’ And the next thing I know, police are outside,” says Johnathan Whitworth.
A neighbor right across the street we spoke to was just making his way back home – all to find the heavy police presence.
“I was just surprised to see so many police officers and cars blocking the neighborhood,” says Alfred Turner.
Turner was shocked to learn what happened because most residents close-by are active-duty service members, or retired. Many have licenses to carry.
“As far as people thinking there’s no one home, it may appear that no one’s home. But there’s always somebody home and somebody looking,” says Turner.
Mitchell ran away after being shot. Police found him and sent him to the hospital, where he later died.
“We have a pretty tight-knit community here. Everyone looks out for each other. Everyone has an alarm system. Everyone’s always aware. It’s just today was one of those days where unfortunately the wrong person broke into the wrong house today,” says Whitworth.