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Bow-and-arrow hunter kills man trying to steal his car

Copyright 2002 Houston Chronicle.

A would-be car thief died Friday after he was shot by the car's owner, a camouflage-clad hunter toting a bow and arrow, police said. The thief was moments from a clean getaway when the hunter happened upon his car, police said. The man told the hunter he had a gun and threatened to kill him, said Sgt. T.E. Kiser of the Harris County Sheriff's Department homicide division. The hunter drew his bow and shot at the man, hitting him in the hip and buttocks area. The man jumped from the vehicle and ran across the 9500 block of East Mount Houston Road in northeast Harris County. Passing motorists saw him run into a field and collapse, detectives said. The man, who has not been identified, was taken by LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Detectives declined to identify the hunter but said he would be questioned Friday evening. Detectives said they found a stolen vehicle in the wooded area north of East Mt. Houston where the hunter had parked his car to practice. "It appears the man who tried to steal the car may have been living in that vehicle," Kiser said. "He must have noticed when the hunter left his car and tried to break in. He had already broken the steering column and was about to start the car when the hunter arrived." No charges had been filed Friday evening. Kiser said the case would likely be referred to a grand jury.

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