According to local reports, a father of two from Texas shot and killed one of three intruders who entered his home and detained his family at gunpoint.
The next day, the house on 18th Street in Port Arthur was an apparent target of fire at around 6 PM, and a few hours later a fire was reported there around midnight, according to Port Arthur News.
Port Arthur Police said armed suspect Terence Ellis, 27, died at the scene after entering by force with two other armed suspects, police say they may have known the owners of the house, while a resident was arriving.
“The owner of the house fired several bullets at the suspect, who was declared dead at the scene,” Sgt. Shannon Mo said to the port. The other two suspects fled the area before the officers arrived.
The gunmen held the family at gunpoint before the owner of the house shot and killed Elis with a rifle “to protect his young children,” Sgt. Chris Billiot said
No one was home during the Monday shooting or the shooting that destroyed a bedroom. The cause of the fire is suspicious, Port Arthur Police Detachment. Mike Hebert said to the port. Port Arthur Police did not immediately respond to an inquiry from Fox News.
“We want the public to know that we don’t feel that this is just random business where people go and do heavy burglary,” Hebert said. “The evidence shows that they know each other.”
Port Arthur Police Department Criminal Investigations are looking into the accident and are questioning witnesses.
A local who spoke suggested that the accident may have been gang-related.
“That’s what it is,” he told the newspaper. “Our law enforcement will never say what it is all about. Everything is about gangs. [Criminals] get together and steal and steal. The detectives know what it is. They are not willing to get out of their comfort zone.”
Hebert did not say whether the accident was related to the gang or not
“These investigations are like a puzzle, and we have to put the parts together,” he said.