GALVESTON — Police released a video of two men suspected in an early Friday morning home invasion in which the owner fired a shot in self-defense.

The homeowner’s video surveillance system captured one of the two men kicking in the back door shortly after midnight and pointing a gun inside the residence in the 2900 block of Avenue K in Galveston.

The homeowner was armed, because he’d been a victim of a burglary in June, Galveston police Lt. Michael Gray said.

The homeowner heard a noise at his back door and when he checked his surveillance system he saw two men on his property. He called police to report the matter, Gray said.

After kicking in the door, the man with the gun told the homeowner he was going to kill him, Gray said.

“The homeowner fired one shot at the burglars, who immediately ran from the house in an unknown direction,” Gray said. “It is believed the bullet did not strike either man.”

Police asked the public for help identifying both men, including one who appeared to be deaf and using sign language.

Gray described both men as black and between 16 to 20 years old. One was 5-feet 7-inches tall, had short hair and weighed 140 pounds. The other was 5-feet 11-inches tall, weighed 165 pounds, had short hair, a small scar on the left side of his head and a tattoo on the inside of his left forearm.

Gray asked anyone with information to call police at 409-765-3778.

Contact reporter Chris Paschenko at 409-683-5241 or

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