A Texas man was shot to death after breaking into a truck while the owner slept inside, with a rifle within reach, authorities say.

The deputies responded to the scene of a shooting at night at an apartment complex in north Houston, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a Feb. 13 post on X, formerly Twitter.

The owner of a pickup truck woke up to find another man inside the vehicle, who had forced entry, Gonzalez said, and the owner opened fire with an AR-15.

The alleged robber died at the scene, Gonzalez said, adding that he was “possibly armed with guns.”

Deputies say the man was only sleeping in his truck that night because he had gotten into a fight with his girlfriend, KRIV reported.

The accused thief likely didn’t realize anyone was inside the truck, investigators told KHOU.

“First of all, they shouldn’t be out doing it. “I don’t think he realized the journalist was sleeping in this truck before it was too late,” said Sgt. Ben Beall told the station.

Officers said at least three other vehicles appeared to have been broken into before the accused thief targeted the truck, KRIV reported.

Authorities did not say whether charges will be filed against the truck’s owner.

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