HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS – The Harris County District Attorney’s Office is calling a juvenile a “brave kid” after he fatally shot a male family member to protect a female family member from an assault. The incident occurred around 1 a.m. Saturday at a home in the 11000 block of Deaf Smith Road in La Porte.
The DA’s office provided some background on the shooting, saying that the juvenile and the woman had recently moved into the home to escape the suspect, who has been identified as Tracy Landry. Landry showed up at the home early Saturday morning with a sack full of canned goods which he planned to use as an improvised weapon to assault the woman.
The juvenile shot Landry in the back and chest with a handgun and called police. Landry died from the gunshot wounds. Police are considering the shooting an act of defense of a third party, and do not plan to file charges at this time. Prosecutors will thoroughly review all evidence and present it to a Grand Jury.
In May 2021, Landry was released on a $15,000 bond after he was charged with assaulting a family member with previous conviction. The same day, he was also charged with injury to an elderly person, allegedly hitting and kicking a man over 65 years of age. According to court records, Harris County magistrate Lisa Porter found no probable cause in that case, and it was discharged. Landry was convicted in 2013 of domestic abuse-assault of a relative/person he was dating in Dubuque County.