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Texas Mother At Home With Kids Shoots Home Intruder Through Bedroom Door

Edinburg, TX – A Texas woman shot a home intruder through her bedroom door last week after he forced his way into her home and tried to get into the room where she was hiding with her children, according to police.

The incident occurred in the 5500-block of Nardo Street at approximately 9:13 p.m. on Oct. 25, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) said in a press release.

A female victim later told investigators that she was inside her home with her children when a man broke into their house through the garage, according to investigators.

The suspect was later identified as 36-year-old Carlos Garcia.

The woman was able to lock herself in a bedroom with her children, but Garcia allegedly followed them and attempted to get into the room.

“The homeowner warned Garcia that the police had been called and she had a gun,” the HCSO said.

But the suspect refused to leave and continued to try to break into the bedroom, according to investigators.

That’s when the woman fired her gun, sending a single round through her bedroom door and striking Garcia, the HCSO said.

The suspect fled the house shortly before deputies arrived at the scene.

As deputies searched the area on foot, a DPS helicopter scanned the ground from above.

Garcia was ultimately located in an open field approximately 100 yards away from the woman’s home, the HCSO said.

He was suffering from a gunshot wound to his left arm.

After being medically cleared, the suspect was transported to the Hidalgo County Adult Detention Center on a charge of burglary of habitation with intent.

“You have the right to defend yourself in your own home against an intruder,” Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra told KRGV. “I imagine she was in fear of her life…so she did what she had to do, and we support her.”

The sheriff said the woman knew Garcia, but he declined to provide details regarding their relationship.

“You don’t have to give notice,” Sheriff Guerra told KRGV. “If someone’s breaking into your home you have the right to protect yourself and use deadly force, and you’re not going to have any problem with the sheriff of Hidalgo County.”

The investigation into the incident remained ongoing.

The HCSO urged anyone who witnessed the incident or who might have additional information about what occurred to contact the sheriff’s office immediately.

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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