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Houston-area woman shoots, kills firefighter neighbor

Woman, 64, claims she didn't know Samuel Keen was member of Houston Fire Department

A Houston firefighter was shot and killed by his 64-year-old next-door neighbor who claimed the man was trying to break into her Montgomery County home.

The woman said she had no idea Samuel Keen, 27, was a firefighter and her next-door neighbor.

At around 9:30 p.m. Monday, the woman said she heard a man fumbling around the front gate of her Porter Heights home. According to deputies, it sounded to her like he was trying to break in. She was home alone, so detectives say she grabbed her protection -- a revolver.

"At the time, she again told him to leave and that she was armed," Sgt. Dan Zientek of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office told KPRC-TV in Houston.

After several verbal warnings, she pulled the trigger.

"She fired twice through the door, striking the person," Zientek said.

Keen, a 4-year veteran of the Houston Fire Department, was transported to Ben Taub Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"Obviously, our thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family and his extended family -- the Houston Fire Department," said HFD Chief Terry Garrison.

While deputies collected evidence, the question of a motive began to surface and how he was able to get through the woman's gate.

"It's normally closed at all times. How he gained entry ... he appeared to walk up to the yard without a vehicle," Zientek said.

Investigators said before the incident, Keen was at a bar with friends and took a cab ride home.

Deputies said no charges were filed against the homeowner and they are still investigating the incident to prepare the case for presentation to a grand jury.

This story courtesy of our sister website, Click2Houston.com.