SAPD: Property owner shoots, injures burglary suspect

SAN ANTONIO -- Three suspected burglars ran into a business owner and his gun early Friday morning, according to police.

The San Antonio Police Department said the incident happened around 1 a.m. in the 3900 block of South Presa Street.

SAPD said three men cut the fence around a south-side business and broke in.

They were reportedly trying to steal power tools from the rear of the business. A preliminary police report says the three had already loaded an air compressor onto a truck. The business owner lives next door to the business. His wife heard a noise making it possible for him to intervene.

Police say he opened fire after one of the burglary suspects came at him a threatening manner. The suspect was shot multiple times in the chest and leg. The three suspects all left the scene in a pickup truck.

The injured man was taken to Baptist Medical Center in downtown. He was later transferred to University Hospital in serious condition.

Police said the other two suspects were arrested on a burglary charge.

Texas law gives owners the right to protect their property with lethal force, so the owner in this case was not arrested.

However, police said a Bexar County grand jury will still review the incident.


(© 2016 KENS)


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