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'He saved his kids': Dad killed on his birthday defending his family during home invasion

'He saved his kids': Dad killed on his birthday defending his family during home invasion
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'He saved his kids': Dad killed on his birthday defending his family during home invasion
Security video above shows a car speeding from the home of a father killed while defending his wife and children A cash reward of $25,000 is being offered for information on the shooting death of an Australian man who died protecting his family during a home invasion in Texas. Brenton Estorffe, 29, was killed during a break-in at his Katy home Wednesday, according to a release from the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office. Two male suspects allegedly broke into Estorffe's home late Wednesday night by sneaking through a back window, police said.Estorffe's wife frantically called 911. "Help me please … ohh … someone just broke into my house and shot my husband," Angeleanna Estorffe said in the 911 call obtained by ABC News. "I just heard glass shattering and then my husband jumped up and took off after them … and they just … they started shooting."Estorffe, who hailed from Australia, died shortly after being shot on his 29th birthday. The father of two is being credited with saving his wife and children during the invasion, according to local media reports. Nothing was taken from the property, according to 7News.“Help us catch those responsible for this heinous crime,” Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said in the release. “A wife and two small children now have to try and piece their life together without their loving husband and father."Nehls said police will stop at nothing to find those responsible, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. "We will investigate, we will investigate, we will investigate until we bring these individuals to justice," he said. "They’re going to pay for this, you came into the wrong county."Nehls said Estorffe gave his life in the defense of his family.“What more honor can you bestow on an individual than that?” he asked.The intruders must have known the man's family was inside, Nehls said. "Anybody would know that there were obviously children in that house. I mean there's Halloween decorations. You almost got to make the safe assumption, these individuals knew somebody would be at home. But yet they still had the audacity to break a window and enter the home. That's a little unusual," he said. Nehls said the neighborhood is considered to be quiet and "very safe." Neighbor Kimberly Patel told KHOU that Estorffe was nice. “I can’t even imagine what the wife is going though right now,” Patel said.Estorffe's father told media outlets his son was an intelligent and witty man who was devoted to his wife and children, 1-year-old Eliana and 3-year-old Asher. The father said he is desperate to get to the states to bury his son after complications with getting his visa approved."The guys were close the bedroom and he fought them all the way back to the kitchen and then they decided to shoot him," Michael Estorffe told 7News. "So he saved his family, saved his kids and his wife."Cobin Estorffe, the victim's brother, reportedly paid tribute on Facebook to the way Brenton "stood up" for his family."Hands down you are my hero, the way you stood up for your family, can only dream to be a little bit like you," he wrote. Police still have not established a motive. Anyone with information is asked to contact Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS (8477) or submit tips online here. A vehicle of interest spotted on surveillance video shows the two suspects in a light-colored, four-door sedan with a sunroof, according to the release. One suspect is described as a dark-skinned male, approximately 5-feet, 11-inches tall, wearing a dark-colored hoodie. The other suspect is described as a dark-skinned male, approximately 6-feet tall, with a slender build and short hair.A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family with Estorffe's funeral expenses. "As you all know the Estorffe's suffered a devastating loss on Wednesday morning. They have been deprived of a great father& loving husband. No amount of preparation could have prepared them for this adversity. We would like to thank those of you, who have been calling, texting, and asking about the Estorffe family. At this time Angeleanna has been very distraught and trying to keep a brave face for their children," the page reads. More than $38,000 was raised as of Monday morning,

Security video above shows a car speeding from the home of a father killed while defending his wife and children

A cash reward of $25,000 is being offered for information on the shooting death of an Australian man who died protecting his family during a home invasion in Texas.

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Brenton Estorffe, 29, was killed during a break-in at his Katy home Wednesday, according to a release from the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office. Two male suspects allegedly broke into Estorffe's home late Wednesday night by sneaking through a back window, police said.

Estorffe's wife frantically called 911.

"Help me please … ohh … someone just broke into my house and shot my husband," Angeleanna Estorffe said in the 911 call obtained by ABC News. "I just heard glass shattering and then my husband jumped up and took off after them … and they just … they started shooting."

Estorffe, who hailed from Australia, died shortly after being shot on his 29th birthday. The father of two is being credited with saving his wife and children during the invasion, according to local media reports. Nothing was taken from the property, according to 7News.

“Help us catch those responsible for this heinous crime,” Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said in the release. “A wife and two small children now have to try and piece their life together without their loving husband and father."

Nehls said police will stop at nothing to find those responsible, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

"We will investigate, we will investigate, we will investigate until we bring these individuals to justice," he said. "They’re going to pay for this, you came into the wrong county."

Nehls said Estorffe gave his life in the defense of his family.

“What more honor can you bestow on an individual than that?” he asked.

The intruders must have known the man's family was inside, Nehls said.

"Anybody would know that there were obviously children in that house. I mean there's Halloween decorations. You almost got to make the safe assumption, these individuals knew somebody would be at home. But yet they still had the audacity to break a window and enter the home. That's a little unusual," he said.

Nehls said the neighborhood is considered to be quiet and "very safe."

Neighbor Kimberly Patel told KHOU that Estorffe was nice.

“I can’t even imagine what the wife is going though right now,” Patel said.

Estorffe's father told media outlets his son was an intelligent and witty man who was devoted to his wife and children, 1-year-old Eliana and 3-year-old Asher. The father said he is desperate to get to the states to bury his son after complications with getting his visa approved.

"The guys were close the bedroom and he fought them all the way back to the kitchen and then they decided to shoot him," Michael Estorffe told 7News. "So he saved his family, saved his kids and his wife."

Cobin Estorffe, the victim's brother, reportedly paid tribute on Facebook to the way Brenton "stood up" for his family.

"Hands down you are my hero, the way you stood up for your family, can only dream to be a little bit like you," he wrote.

Police still have not established a motive. Anyone with information is asked to contact Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS (8477) or submit tips online here. A vehicle of interest spotted on surveillance video shows the two suspects in a light-colored, four-door sedan with a sunroof, according to the release. One suspect is described as a dark-skinned male, approximately 5-feet, 11-inches tall, wearing a dark-colored hoodie. The other suspect is described as a dark-skinned male, approximately 6-feet tall, with a slender build and short hair.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family with Estorffe's funeral expenses.

"As you all know the Estorffe's suffered a devastating loss on Wednesday morning. They have been deprived of a great father& loving husband. No amount of preparation could have prepared them for this adversity. We would like to thank those of you, who have been calling, texting, and asking about the Estorffe family. At this time Angeleanna has been very distraught and trying to keep a brave face for their children," the page reads.

More than $38,000 was raised as of Monday morning,