A business owner says that he was forced to defend himself when three suspected burglars confronted him while breaking into his south-side business. One was shot in the chest and sent to the hospital.
The suspects reportedly made a lot of noise as they cut through a fence to get into a lot filled with commercial equipment and power tools.
The business owner didn't want to go on camera but told KENS 5 that one of them tried to attack him. He noted that this isn't the first time he's been burglarized.
The burglary victim, who wished to keep his identity secret, said that he went outside when the noise woke his wife. When he pointed his handgun, one of the three men reportedly lunged at him, prompting him to shoot.
He said that this is the fourth time he's been burglarized in the past three or four years, a claim backed up by the number of burglar bars put up by the other businesses in the area.
“We did it for a reason, Fred Reina said laughing.
Reina runs his own business in the area and said that, not too long ago, there were suspects on his building’s ceiling.
“I don’t know what they were looking for,” he said. “The ceiling was down and we had to re-fasten it and all that.”
The burglary victim from Thursday night said that he didn’t recognize the three suspects from any other burglaries in the area. Two are in custody while the third is being treated in the hospital for gunshot wounds.
A grand jury will be reviewing the case. Texas law allows someone to use lethal force when defending their property. The business owner reiterated the law to KENS 5, saying he was just defending his right to live and work on his property in safety.
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