Robber Shot Due to Home Invasion
On Thursday, August 4, the Giddings Police Department received a 911 call in reference to an intruder who was being chased by a homeowner, Pertina Mason, in northwest Giddings. As the caller was on the phone, a series of gunshots could be heard and the caller was screaming.
Giddings Police Officers were dispatched to the area of West Independence and North Ellis St, where a male subject was lying on the ground. When Giddings Officers approached him, the male attempted to get up. Officers observed a pistol in the front waistband of the subject. After placing him in handcuffs the pistol was removed and it was discovered that the subject had been shot in his left calf. It appeared that one of the victims who had pursued the robber may have shot the suspect.
B&M Ambulance was called to treat the subject, who later transported him to St. Marks Hospital.
Upon talking to the caller reporting the incident, it was determined that a home invasion took place at a residence located at the Giddings/Lee County line west of Hwy. 77. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded.
Deputy Rudolph assisted EMS in transporting the male subject to the hospital in La Grange.
Capt. Gonzales, along with Deputy Durrenberger arrived, and began investigating the incident, along Chief Deputy Nathan Lapham, Sheriff Rodney Meyer, Captain Earl Pence, Captain Farrah Ramsey, Detective Steve Spencer, and Officer Anthony Ramirez.
It was discovered the male suspect had broken into a residence, which was located across from Simmang Park. He was identified as Lee Roy Johnson, 40 years old from Burton. Johnson told investigators he broke into the residence through a window with the intentions of robbing the occupants.
Johnson was armed with what appeared to be a blue steel automatic pistol, which turned out to be a BB pistol. Johnson also had in his possession gloves, a stocking mask and an electrical cord.
Charges of burglary of habitation with the intent to commit a felony were filed on Johnson, who was released from the hospital on Friday. He was transported to the Lee County Jail and booked. Bond was set at $50,000 by Judge Robert Lee.
Officers were able to recover a Rossi .357 magnum used in the shooting at the residence of Pertina Mason, hidden in a storage room. The investigation is ongoing.