Just after 8 p.m. yesterday, two men crept into Apartment 318 at McCallum Corners, a no-frills complex off Coit Road near the George Bush Turnpike. Police say they were after the half pound of marijuana inside, and quite possibly the $2,000 cash that was stuffed inside a purple bag inside a drawer as well.
At least one of the men was packing, carrying a semi-automatic pistol. It did him no good. The apartment resident was armed, too, and shot the 36 year-old several times in the upper body before he could return fire. The burglar, who police have requested not be identified pending notification of his next of kin, died. His accomplice ran away.
Police didn't arrest the shooter but say they plan to forward the case to a grand jury to determine whether to file charges. The weed and cash were seized and taken to DPD's property room.