Early Morning Home Intruder Shot After Rushing Homeowner

A homeowner in the 4600 block of Valleybrook Lane of Odessa, Texas was forced to defend his family from a home intruder early Sunday Morning. Odessa Police said Raul Munoz’s wife woke him around 4:30AM after she heard a fierce banging noise coming from their front door.


“There is never anything on the other side of that door that is worth what happened,” said neighbor and family friend Marcey Love.

“An unknown male subject made entry to his residence at which point the subject began to rush him and began firing at him,” said Corporal Steve LeSueur of the Odessa Police Department.

The report said police found 25-year-old Jake Gould with multiple gunshot wounds. Love said the family is devastated from the incident.

“They have requested prayers for the family of the deceased and the deceased, and asking prayers for their family, too,” said Love. “They’re absolutely devastated that this has happened.”

Police said Gould was taken to Medical Center Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His body will be sent to Tarrant County for an autopsy.

“Pray please. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers,” said Love. “Lift them up some good vibes.”

We reached out to Gould’s former girlfriend, Shannell George. She told us it was a misunderstanding. She said Jake was under the influence and walked into the wrong house.

“We know Jake was not that kind of person. He had no intentions of stealing anything. He was just out of it and went to the wrong house. That’s it. No stealing. No burglary,” said George. “Jake was a good dad. Now my son doesn’t have a father to come home to.”


No charges have been filed against Munoz, but police confirm they will send their investigation findings to the district attorney’s office for review.

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