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Texas Homeowner Shoots Intruder Who Rammed Vehicle Through Locked Gate

Bosque County, TX – An intruder was shot by a Texas homeowner who then held him at gunpoint until deputies arrived.

Bosque County Sheriff Trace Hendricks said in a press release that the sheriff’s office received a call at approximately 6:50 p.m. on Jan. 3 reporting a homeowner on County Road 3505 had shot an intruder during an attempted burglary.

Deputies responded to the scene to find a white male suspect lying on the sidewalk in front of the home.

The homeowner was holding him at gunpoint, Sheriff Hendricks said.

The suspect, later identified as 53-year-old William Wayne Strauser, had been shot in the upper right leg.

After disarming the homeowner, investigators began rendering first aid to Strauser until he could be transported to the Hillcrest emergency room by an ambulance, Sheriff Hendricks said.

Investigators learned the intruder had “rammed his vehicle through the [homeowner’s] locked gate,” then stormed up to the front door and “aggressively” tried to break into the home, according to the sheriff.

“Evidence at the scene supports this statement,” he noted.

Strauser was ultimately shot by the homeowner, whose identity was not immediately released.

The suspect was treated at the hospital and released.

Deputies arrested him and booked him into the Bosque County Jail on charges of criminal trespass and attempted burglary of a habitation.

Sheriff Hendricks said the break in was a targeted attack.

“Due to the circumstances of this incident, deputies confirmed that the parties involved were known to each other and that this was not a random burglary attempt,” he said. “This is an active investigation, no further information will be released at this time.”

The motive is unknown.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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