Homeowner shoots, kills intruderBy Robert Crowe - San Antonio Express-News
Web Posted: 09/06/2008 11:30 CDT
Police said an East Side homeowner shot and killed an intruder Saturday morning, moments after the man entered a back window of the house.
Sgt. Steven Peterson of the San Antonio Police Department said the intruder broke into the home in the 1400 block of South Palmetto about 10:30 a.m. The homeowner, who was not identified, grabbed a rifle and shot at the man, striking him in the upper torso area.
Peterson said the man ran into the home's backyard, where he collapsed and died.
Texas law permits homeowners to use deadly force to protect their home and property.
The homeowner's sister said her brother was sleeping when the suspect broke into his house.
"I donít know how someone could just break into a house in broad daylight," said Rosie Reyna, the man's sister, who lives across the street from where the shooting took place.
She said the neighborhood has recently been plagued with property theft -- usually involving drug addicts looking for things to pawn.
"My brother did what he had to do in self-defense," she said.