HARRIS COUNTY, Texas—Deputies said a 69-year-old homeowner, who died after he was shot by his own gun during a scuffle with a burglar, begged for his life.
Prosecutors said the suspect, Daniel Durham, has admitted to shooting the victim, who was later identified as Don Frazier, a preacher and writer who has made numerous TV appearances.
The crime happened around Friday 1:15 a.m. at Frazier’s home in the 4200 block of Amber Lake Dr. in northwest Harris County.
Sheriff’s deputies said the preacher and his wife heard a noise downstairs in their garage—it was the sound of their generator turning on. Deputies said when the preacher went down to investigate, somehow Durham managed to take the homeowner’s gun.
Deputies said Durham told them the pastor was on the floor begging for his life and that’s when Durham pulled the trigger and shot Frazier in the head.
Frazier’s wife heard the shooting and called 911 as Durham fled.
Area residents heard the gunshots, but some said they thought they were fireworks.
“We didn’t think much of it—being 4th of July,” said neighbor Rick Soto. “We just thought it was fireworks, but it sounded something different after that. We didn’t hear any commotion or anything. It’s sad to hear. He’s real friendly—waves to me. I believe he was true to his faith, had a good religion, was good in the community. They were a really nice couple.”
Deputies said they later saw the suspect, 30, walking near the victim’s house. He had ditched the gun in a trash can but still had blood on his clothes. He was taken into custody and identified.
A subsequent investigation revealed that community security guards stopped and talked with Durham about an hour before the shooting. They let him go after he claimed his mom lived in the neighborhood and he was just going for a walk.
According to his website, Frazier was known for spiritual books and songs. He also served as former policeman and police chaplain.