On 03-17-2012, Deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office District 4 patrol Division responded to the 16000 Blk. of Burklin Lane in the in Magnolia in reference to a panic alarm.
While Deputies were enroute they learned that a third party had called and stated that he was responding to this residence and that they needed immediate police assistance.
District 4 Deputies arrived within 3 minutes of the dispatched call where they found an unresponsive male bleeding from the chest laying in the driveway of the dispatched residence. Deputies found the male not breathing and began C.P.R. until medic units arrived. Medic units pronounced the male deceased in the driveway.
Deputies then learned from the homeowners that their adult son was home alone asleep at approximately 0750 Hours when he heard what sounded like someone trying to force entry into the residence from a side door.
The male got out of bed and retrieved a handgun and exited his bedroom. The male went to the control panel of the alarm system and activated the panic alarm. The male then walked towards the living room portion of the residence where he was confronted by an armed unknown intruder. The male then fired his pistol at least three times in the direction of the intruder which forced him to flee outside towards the driveway of the residence. The intruder then collapsed and succumbed to his injuries. The suspect’s vehicle was found abandoned under the carport of the residence where the attempted burglary occurred.
During this time a subject called 911 and stated that he had been assaulted and his truck stolen by an unknown male and that vehicle matched the description of the suspect vehicle in this burglary. A short time later the owner of the truck arrived on scene and was identified as Jason Allen Doster W/M Dob: 10-21-1975 (36 yoa) of Montgomery. Doster was questioned and then detained at the scene due to numerous different accounts of what happened and inconsistencies in his story.
Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit were contacted as well as M.C.S.O. Crime Scene Investigators and both responded to the scene. Upon interviewing Jason Doster, detectives learned that he knew the deceased suspect by a street name and his identity was later confirmed as Claude Lowell Woodard W\M Dob: 09-15-1982 (29 Yoa) from Spring.
Jason Doster further admitted to driving to this residence with Claude Woodard and being present when the attempted Burglary occurred and when Claude was shot upon entering the residence after forcing entry. Forced entry was found by Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators at the scene.
Jp#5 Judge matt Masden arrived at the scene and conducted an inquest on the body of Claude Woodard and ordered the body to be sent to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for Autopsy.
Jason Doster was arrested at the scene for Burglary of Habitation and transported to the Montgomery County Jail.
Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators are still currently working this scene and processing evidence.
No formal charges are being pursued against the resident and as in all fatal shootings this case will be referred to the Montgomery County Grand Jury for review.
Claude Woodard was found to be in possession of at least 2 knives and a replica bb gun pistol that were all on his person at the time that he was shot and killed. Woodard and Doster both have criminal histories in the State of Texas.