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Bun B came face-to-face with a home invader this week, resulting in a gunfight and the eventual arrest of the suspect.
The 46-year-old rapper, born Bernard Freeman, was with his wife Queenie Freeman in their home in Houston, Texas on Tuesday when Queenie heard the doorbell at around 5 p.m., the Houston Chronicle reports. Police say that she opened the door without checking who was behind it because she was expecting an Amazon package, but she was instead met with an armed, masked man — later identified by police as 20-year-old Demonte Jackson — who forced his way inside the home at gunpoint, according to the publication.
The suspect reportedly wanted to go upstairs but, knowing that her husband was upstairs and fearing that the intruder was there to harm him, Freeman instead offered Jackson her possessions and car keys, the Chronicle reports. However, Bun B heard what was happening from upstairs, and soon came downstairs with his own gun.
His attorney, Charles Adams, said that the rapper “ran to engage the fella” and a “gunfight” ensued, according to Click 2 Houston.
When Bun B found the intruder sitting in the car in the garage, the two men began shooting at each other, the Houston Chronicle reports, citing police. The suspect fled the scene on foot after being shot in the shoulder, but Bun B chased him down the street and forced him to remove his mask before he got away again, according to the paper.
Police caught up with Jackson later at a local hospital, where he’d presumably gone to seek treatment for his injuries. He has since been charged with two counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and another count of burglary with intent to commit a felony, and is being held on a $120,000 bond at the Harris County Jail, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Jackson appeared in court for the first time on Thursday and is scheduled to appear again for his arraignment on May 17, per Click 2 Houston.
Neither Bun B nor his wife were injured during the incident. Adams told the Houston Chronicle that he does not believe that Jackson was specifically targeting Bun B, as the security guards who patrol the rapper’s gated community reportedly recovered footage of Jackson trying to force his way into other homes in the area before the altercation with Bun B.
The attorney told Click 2 Houston that he doesn’t believe that his client will face any charges for defending his home and spouse.
“This is Texas. It’s the Second Amendment. You can arm yourself. You can protect your home. You can protect your wife,” he said. “You can protect yourself. That man shot at Bun, Bun shot at him. That’s the way it’s supposed to work. I hate to say it, I’m glad [Jackson’s] not dead, but I’m glad he got a bullet in him.”
Bun B makes up one half of the rap duo UGK, who rose to fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s with hits like “Pocket Full Of Stones” and “Int’l Players Anthem.”
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