A man suspected of breaking into a Southeast Bexar County home early Thursday morning died after he was shot by the homeowner and crashed his vehicle while fleeing from the home, authorities said.
Authorities believe Cardell Deon Joseph, 24, of San Antonio, kicked in the back door of a home in the 11400 block of South Foster Road around 5 a.m., said Deputy Ino Badillo, spokesman for the sheriff's office.
A man who owns the home heard the ruckus, authorities said, and shot the suspected thief once in the ribcage with a semi-automatic weapon. Joseph ran out of the home without taking anything, Badillo said, and the homeowner called 911.
The suspect fled southwest in an SUV on South Foster Road, but lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a chain link fence. He then rolled several times before the SUV landed on its side in the front yard of a home in the 11800 block of South Foster Road, Badillo said.
A teenager who lives on the second floor of the home looked out of her window and saw Joseph get out of the vehicle and stumble around. She alerted her father, who approached the man and, believing he was drunk, sat him down in a chair on the home's front porch, authorities said.
Joseph said, “take me to the hospital,” to the homeowner, who then called 911, authorities said. Badillo said first responders arrived quickly at the home, located across the street from the Harmony Fire Department, and conducted cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the man. Authorities arrived and determined the man's clothing description and gunshot wound matched that of the suspected home invader. He was declared dead on the scene at 5:45 a.m., Badillo said.
It is unknown whether Joseph died from the gunshot or the crash.
Authorities are investigating whether or not Joseph matches the description in any other recent home invasions.