Texas: Man Fatally Shot Over Stolen BBQ Pit

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Paramedics were on the scene of a shooting that happened as a result of a stolen BBQ pit. (Photo: KHOU)

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A Texas man fatally shot an individual last week after the suspect stole a BBQ pit.

Stolen BBQ Pit

According to ABC13, it was around 6 a.m. in the city of Humble when the intruder entered the property and reportedly stole the pit.

Ed Gonzalez, the Harris County Sheriff, released a statement on X describing the situation once the homeowner discovered the missing BBQ pit. 

“The homeowner exited his residence and gave chase in his own vehicle,” Gonzalez said. Soon after, the homeowner found the suspect nearby in a vehicle with a second person.

Approaching the vehicle, the homeowner confronted the two people over the BBQ pit.  Later, in a statement given to authorities, the homeowner claimed that the suspects had a deadly weapon. 

“Feared for his life”

According to KHOU, the homeowner allegedly saw the intruder pull a firearm. The homeowner began “fearing for his life” and pulled his own gun, firing several shots.

The alleged thief was fatally shot and found dead by the authorities. The second person in the vehicle was not injured.

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Police arrived on the scene and confirmed the death. According to Fox News, the homeowner was detained by police. He cooperated with them and they have begun an investigation into the case. 

Gonzalez stated that the police intend to turn the BBQ pit case over to a grand jury.

As of right now, no charges have been publicly given to the homeowner. The second person in the car has not been charged either.

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  • LMB February 26, 2024, 11:47 am

    THIEFS GETTING THEIR JUST DESERTS DISPENCED BY THE VICTIM!! Since the thief pulled out a gun before the victim, then it’s self-defence!!!

  • bob February 26, 2024, 8:02 am

    Death during commission of a crime – homicide. That’s gonna fall on the accomplice as well. Bad place to be!

  • Clint W. February 24, 2024, 8:35 am

    He better hope they find a ‘deadly weapon’ on or near the dead guy, or this fellow will be in a pit of his own shortly.

  • MM in Havasu February 23, 2024, 4:02 pm

    Don’t steal someone else’s BBQ pit.

  • larry February 23, 2024, 2:04 pm

    If the perp really had a gun then the shooter will get off, especially in Texas. Though I am morally on the shooter’s side, the more prudent thing to do would have been to follow the thieves and then call police. Now he will potentially face criminal charges as well as a civil lawsuit.

  • Jim February 23, 2024, 12:47 pm

    I can absolutely guarantee you one fact about the man who owned the BBQ and shot the man who stole it: In his few quiet moments in the days following the shooting, he screams to himself in his mind, “Why couldn’t I have just let it go, and called the cops????”

    THAT, is what he is thinking. It all seems very righteous, and correct, that one should chase a thief to get the stuff back. But, when it goes wrong, we all have the same thought.

    That does not mean one will have the same thought following a “life or death” shooting situation. Entirely different than a death following a petty theft.

    • Richard Blume February 24, 2024, 1:22 am

      If you don’t draw the line there’ll never be an end to it. You say it’s only a bbq pit but if you don’t protect it then next time it’ll be your car. Look at the mess in California over shop lifting, first it was gas stations and now it’s organized mobs stealing into the 100 thousands. I don’t see why anyone would have a crisis of conscience, they shot themselves when they chose a criminal lifestyle, I just happen to pull the trigger.

  • Kane February 23, 2024, 10:12 am

    There was a case in Florida that started out with no charges and then the WHITE father and son ended up in the state pen. In Greece, New York, a Black man named Roderick Scott shot and killed a WHITE teenager for breaking into his parked car and charges were never filed. So, race of everyone involved is an important factor for anticipating most likely outcome.

    • John Blaze February 26, 2024, 6:32 pm

      Sounds like you wanna be black

      • Kane February 29, 2024, 9:22 am

        WTF does that mean? I am a proud Gaeilge Celt that knows and embraces my ethnic history and would never want to change my identity. Why don’t you list you ethnicity? What kind of name is “Blaze”? Here’s want I “wanna” happen, fairness and the truth for all groups. What do you “wanna” happen? You sound like a real idiot. Prove me wrong.

  • Heavyguns31 February 23, 2024, 9:11 am

    It’s not that I don’t support the whole idea behind the homeowners actions because I do. He works, pays for his shit and doesn’t want it stolen…if there was a lot more of this MAYBE the scum would think twice or even once…but there comes a point that at least for me it’s not worth the stress. They got my grille…OK, I’ll say it was the super duper model, turn it in on insurance and make a profit for my new better one I get to buy…its just not worth the hassle. In MANY places in this country he’d already be in jail. Hopefully where he lives he gets off if charged. I hope he does, I don’t blame him I just think what I said…not worth the hassle. Perhaps he should have just dialed 911 while keeping them in sight and wait for the calvary to arrive. But I wasn’t there…so whatever. Hopefully he gets out ok.

    • Kane February 23, 2024, 10:13 am

      It would have to be one hell of a BBQ grill before I would give chase.

      • Chris Baker February 26, 2024, 9:40 am

        Even if it wasn’t a big fancy grill, it’s YOUR property and it might have been a relatively cheap grill but maybe it was all the guy could afford to buy. Depends on how much disposable income the person has after paying all expenses.
        I wouldn’t have confronted them but like some others have suggested would have called the 911 and reported what was going on and continued to track the thief.

    • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment February 23, 2024, 12:30 pm

      sounds like a perfectly good reason to thin the criminal pool a bit!

  • LJ February 23, 2024, 7:49 am

    There will be more occurrences like this moving forward due to the demoncrats defunding the police nation wide, and their refusal to close our revolving door justice system. People are sick and tired of being victims by having some worthless turd steal the very things they’ve work hard for. It sad this homeowner had to take a life, but hopefully he’ll be able to deal with it knowing he had no other choice. Thank you sir, for taking out the trash.

  • Norm February 23, 2024, 7:35 am

    I hate thieves but not worth killing for a BBQ pit. You never know what you will encounter when you catch the bad guy , always assume the worse. This guys going to get some time unfortunately. Getting pissed and chasing someone down. I’ve done the same for less. That was stupid of me as well. I was fortunate my altercations ended without serious bloodshed.

    • Hondo February 23, 2024, 1:06 pm

      Norm, did you read that this happened in Texas? You try and jack a man’s bbq pit you might get shot. Don’t steal other people’s property and you’ll be fine.

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