DICKINSON — Authorities arrested a man who they allege was shot with his own weapon in a home-invasion robbery.
Authorities identified the man as Richard Charles Holcomb, 32, of Alvin. Holcomb remained jailed Monday on $250,000 bond on a charge of aggravated robbery, stemming from a 7:45 a.m. Sunday incident near Dickinson, the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
A man entered a house in the 200 block of Shady Bend Court, which is in an unincorporated area near Dickinson. The homeowner, Charles Eiler, 47, heard a signal that let him know the door was opening, sheriff’s office Capt. Barry Cook said.
Eiler confronted a man wearing a white mask. The man pointed a handgun at Eiler, ordering him to the ground.
The robber demanded his money, car keys and jewelry, Cook said.
Eiler told the man his wallet and keys were in his bedroom, and they went to the room where the homeowner’s wife and son were. The robber then demanded jewelry, which Eiler didn’t have, and the robber became angry, Cook said.
“He defended himself,” Cook said. “A struggle ensued over the gun, which discharged twice.”
The struggle continued until the homeowner had possession of the gun, and it discharged two more times, Cook said.
The robber fled and left in a dark color Chevrolet on FM 517, Cook said. As deputies investigated, Alvin police called.
“They had stopped a vehicle with a gunshot victim, who was in possession of the victim’s wallet,” Cook said. “The suspect had a gunshot wound to the hand and leg.”
Holcomb was taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and was treated and released to the sheriff’s office.
Eiler didn’t know Holcomb, Cook said.