A male bicyclist out on bond for an exposure charge a week earlier learned his lesson this week — when he was shot by a Houston woman whose home he tried to break into and to whom he had also allegedly exposed himself.
Even after his lewd act toward her and her shouts for him to take a hike, he tried to break into her home, the Houston Chronicle reported.
The incident began when the woman, who had just stepped outside to take out her trash, admonished a bicyclist in front of her house who was exposing himself, the outlet said.
After 68-year-old “Granny Jean,” as she’s been identified, went inside, the man allegedly followed her — and tried to break in through the front door, ABC 13 Eyewitness News reported.
“All I can think of is my kids. I couldn’t have [anything] happen to them,” she told the outlet. “You have to do what you have to do.”
The woman’s 14-year-old granddaughter and her disabled grandson were home at the time, according to multiple outlets.
“I know he wanted to do harm to me,” she said, her voice cracking at times during the television interview.
After demanding he leave and warning him she was armed, she fired a round through the front door of her southeast Houston home, striking the intruder in the chest.
That did the trick. The man ran off to his bike, pedaled a few feet, and collapsed.
The armed grandmother was not immediately charged and is cooperating with detectives.
Investigators will work with the Harris County District Attorney’s office to determine if charges are warranted.
Texas is a “stand your ground” state.
Texas Penal Code § 9.31 says its citizens are “justified in using force against another” when they “knew or had reason to believe that the person against whom the force was used … unlawfully and with force entered, or was attempting to enter unlawfully and with force, the actor’s occupied habitation, vehicle, or place of business or employment.”
The man, who was in critical condition, is expected to survive.
I don't know if this is 'legal' but he deserved it.
— Arthur Hartsock (@1272GrFk) August 9, 2018
Considering that Texas is a stand your ground state, she'd better not face one charge!!!!
— StephE (@Stephb_c) August 9, 2018
Guess that bicyclist never heard….."You don't mess with Texas" ….. Good for you lady…..you did the right thing….You are a hero and inspiration to many….
— Winyan Staz Wakien (@WinyanStaz) August 8, 2018
Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to LifeZette.