A burglar broke into a home in Universal City, Texas but the owner fought back and a shoot-out between attacker and defender ensued. Unfortunately, the gun battle left the owner dead, while the intruder is in the hospital for his wounds.
Police said the intruder, only 18 years old, broke into a home in the 8400 block of Ulysses around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. The homeowner confronted him and a tough struggle followed.
The 53-year-old homeowner grabbed a gun after his wife informed him that she saw someone in their driveway. Unfortunately for him, by the time his firearm was ready, the alleged burglar was already near their bedroom.
The intruder and the homeowner both fired shots at each other. The homeowner was shot at his rib cage and was brought to San Antonio Military Medical Center, where he eventually died.
The intruder was shot in the arm and upper chest. He was able to flee to get help a few houses away.
A neighbor opened the door to the intruder and called for help from authorities. By the time the police arrived, the wounded intruder still has his gun with him.
While the neighbor did the compassionate thing of opening the door to the wounded intruder, the police do not advise for people to take such measure under similar circumstances. Tina Vitacco of the Universal City Police Department said: “ The neighbor was trying to do the right thing- was trying to be a Good Samaritan- but you got to remember if someone comes to your door at two or three in the morning and they have a gun shot, mayybe it’s the best thing not to let them in the house because you don’t know what they have or what they’ve been involved in.”
It is not clear whether immediate help was called to try to help the homeowner who was shot. The identities of both the suspect and the victim have yet to be released, too.
The authorities are knocking on residents’ requesting for surveillance video of the suspect that might help them in their investigation.
The police believe the intruder may have stolen items from other residents in the area as well. The suspect was then driving a stolen vehicle.
The intruder is recovering at the hospital, but once released he will be facing a capital murder charge for the death of the homeowner, possibly with other charges as well.