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Texas man, 73, accidentally shot himself with booby trap in his home

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 9/12/2018

A 73-year-old Texas man who had installed more than a dozen explosive devices in his home in a makeshift booby trap accidentally shot himself, police said Tuesday.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said officials found the man outside the Tomball house, where he is presumed to live, with a superficial gunshot on the right side of his body.

The unidentified man told the responding deputy that “there’s danger in the home,” a spokesperson said. When the deputy entered the house, he too was hit by one of the booby traps. The officer was not seriously hurt.

a close up of a screen © Provided by New York Daily News The homeowner was being treated at a local hospital.

The Harris County SWAT team determined that every entrance to the home was rigged with a booby trap that set off a gunshot shell after finding at least 12 inside the residence. Officials set off the devices to secure safe removal.

Booby trapping a house is a felony in Texas.


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