A Kenefick homeowner shot a burglary suspect in the back around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at a property on the 2100 block of FM 2797, authorities say.
The homeowner, Joshua Fields, was on alert after a burglary at his home earlier in the week. Several items were stolen in that burglary.
The suspect, 54-year-old Paul Pigg, was shot after Fields allegedly spotted him with items that had been stolen from a storage building on his property, authorities said.
“At some point, Pigg was shot in the back with what is thought to be a .380 caliber semi-automatic,” said Capt. Ken DeFoor, spokesperson for the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. “After being shot, Pigg fled to his residence on Private Road 6444 where a caller at that location called the sheriff’s office and Pigg was picked up by LifeFlight at the Kenefick Community Building helipad.”
According to Lead Investigator Steven Rasberry, Pigg was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston with a gunshot wound to his back.
In a follow-up to this initial report, Pigg told Bluebonnet News that he spent weeks in the hospital, losing a kidney, spleen and part of his intestines. He said that he had not stolen anything from the home and was confronted by the homeowner without cause.
Pigg said that during his stay in the hospital, his home was mysteriously burned to the ground, forcing him to live with relatives to recuperate after his release.