An off-duty police officer was arrested after he fatally shot his brother, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy in Texas, claiming he mistook him for an intruder in his home, authorities said.
Robert Lee, who has 35 years’ experience in law enforcement, initially told authorities that he shot an intruder in his Stagecoach Farms home Friday.
Rocky Lee, 57, was identified as the victim, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Lee, a 26-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, was shot multiple times in the bathroom of his brother’s home.
“The exact circumstances surrounding the shooting are under investigation,” Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Scott Spencer said Friday. “We don’t believe there was a burglary at the residence.”
Lee is accused of killing a law enforcement officer, but was not charged with a capital crime because the officer was off-duty at the time of the shooting.
Lee called police to report the shooting.
“I have a victim who is shot and I cannot locate him at this point … I have fired shots into this young man and I cannot locate him on my property,” he said. “I’m a police sergeant with the City of Stagecoach. This man has broken into my house and I have fired five rounds into him and I cannot locate him at this time. Please be aware of that as you approach,” he’s heard saying on the recording obtained by the Houston Chronicle.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez mourned the death on Twitter.