According to local media reports, 41-year-old Robert Trevino smashed the glass of the front door of a jewelry store in Elgin, TX around 1am this morning.
The store owner happened to be in the back of the store. After hearing the commotion, the owner armed himself with a shotgun and confronted Trevino in the front of the store.
Trevino was facing the owner and holding a hammer in his hand. That’s when the owner fired a single shot that police say killed the suspect instantly.
The owner then walked out the front door and noticing Trevino’s truck had two accomplices inside, opened fire on the vehicle.
Inside the vehicle were 48-year-old Sulema Sanchez and 37-year-old Amanda Yanes. Both women were treated for injuries resulting from broken glass and were arrested for involvement in the crime.
Trevino’s cousin used an interview with local media to speak out about the owner’s actions. According to KXAN,
“It’s devastating,” she said. “I understand you have the right to protect your property, but give me a break… killing him was overkill. He would have laid down and given up, if he had the chance.”
Texas law does allow for firing at fleeing criminals and the use of deadly force to protect your property under certain circumstances, such as at night.