Just before 6:30 p.m. Sunday night Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a reported shooting in the 15000 block of Crighton Road. When they arrived on the scene they found a 45-year-old male shot in the stomach area. Another white male described to be about 5’ 9 inches tall wearing a white t-shirt was seen by neighbors running into the woods south of Crighton Road.
Montgomery County Hospital District medics and Central Montgomery County Fire Department responded to the scene and the victim was transported to Conroe Regional Hospital in critical condition.
According to Montgomery County Detective John Schmidt the victim shot was stealing copper and caught by the property owner. The two had entered through an adjacent property and hid their 80’s model pickup in the high weeds. The property owner, seeing an object in the victims had thought it to be a weapon and ordered them both to the ground. Both failed to comply and feeling threatened the land owner fired three times hitting the victim at least once.
Deputies converged on the area to search for the second suspect. Montgomery County Precinct 2 responded with a K-9as did Baytown Police with a Bloodhound. The suspect was not located.
Montgomery County Detectives were assisted by the Texas Rangers. The scene was cleared just before midnight.
Conditions in the woods are extreme with mud, deep water and mosquitos.
If anyone spots someone matching this description in the FM 1314 area contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.