An Australian father-of-two has been shot dead after intruders broke into his house in Texas.

Brenton Estorffe, 29, was killed after confronting two people who smashed a window at the back of his house near Houston on Wednesday midnight local time (Thursday Australian time).

Estorffe grew up on the Sunshine Coast before moving to the USA to pursue playing in the NFL.

His wife Angelanna and their two children, were home at the time he was killed.

Police are still searching for the intruders.

Fort Bend Sheriff Troy Nehls said “It’s sad, sad. “We have a homeowner here in Fort Bend County who’s no longer with us. A father of two small children, breaks your heart.

“Pray for this young wife and her two small children because they are without their father.


“He was there to protect his family.”